I make tree portraits.

People understand portraits. Portraits generally reveal something unique or insightful about the subject. Ideally, a portrait expresses something deeper about the subject’s inner life. My portraits are meant to express something about the inner and outer life of the trees I photograph. I work with both film and digital tools to create prints on paper and canvas that I paint and color to reach my personal expressive goals.

My work is grounded in the belief that if an oak, or any tree, can be seen as a unique individual, a living being with a personality and history, it becomes harder to minimize its significance and easier to convince others of its value to its environment and the local culture.

In today’s world, this is a crucial step toward protecting our old oaks from thoughtless and senseless removal. The planet needs its old trees more than ever. Yet, we’re losing them at an alarming rate. The reason? Climate change, depleted air, soil, and water, violent storms, and unchecked development. My goal is to record as many of the old oaks as I am able, in the time I’m allowed.

 

Artist Statement

I make tree portraits.

People understand portraits. Portraits generally reveal something unique or insightful about the subject. Ideally, a portrait expresses something deeper about the subject’s inner life. My portraits are meant to express something about the inner and outer life of the trees I photograph. I work with both film and digital tools to create prints on paper and canvas that I paint and color to reach my personal expressive goals.

My work is grounded in the belief that if an oak, or any tree, can be seen as a unique individual, a living being with a personality and history, it becomes harder to minimize its significance and easier to convince others of its value to its environment and the local culture.

In today’s world, this is a crucial step toward protecting our old oaks from thoughtless and senseless removal. The planet needs its old trees more than ever. Yet, we’re losing them at an alarming rate. The reason? Climate change, depleted air, soil, and water, violent storms, and unchecked development. My goal is to record as many of the old oaks as I am able, in the time I’m allowed.