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Spiral Hemlock (2016)
Oil on canvas 40x30 in.
Collection of the artist

I had just returned from a drawing trip to Prince of Wales Island Alaska and came across some nursery trees—fallen trees (deadfalls) upon which other trees, mainly hemlock, had sprouted then grown to maturity. The fallen tree then rots away and the resulting offspring are lined up with grand roots appearing like legs that could carry the tree away on its own. The spirals in the painting evoke motion, the colors jab the eye into believing what one sees, and the series can be dynamically presented because even hung upside down they present an illusion of light searching limbs.