For me, trees have always had a special meaning. From my early teenage years, the image of the tree has given me strength and comfort, and stirred feelings deep within my heart. I am mesmerized by the never ending shades of green and the contrast between filtered sunlight and dense shadows hidden in brilliant clusters of leaves. I feel the struggle of tangled limbs, flowing from an often tortured and twisted trunk that is covered in a complex unique mosaic of bark, all seeming to grow from gnarled roots digging down deep into the earth.
My inspiration comes from both sadness and joy experienced throughout my life, and the healing process of planting baby trees and watching them grow, all while taking in the beauty of mature trees that fill my yard and surrounding neighborhood. Traveling to different parts of the country and other parts of the world has broadened and enriched my perspective and for me, given deeper meaning to my Art. To me, the trees become reflections of the people who live among them, their passion, their struggles, and the beauty of the culture that is uniquely their own.
The intent of my current work is to capture this experience, the essence of the tree and how it made me feel in that single moment in time. As you explore my work, I hope that something in turn may stir within you, even if just for a moment.
SAA Collective Gallery
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Located in the H.D. Smith Gallery
In the Hoogland Center for the Arts
Tuesday - Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday - Saturday NOON - 7 PM
SAA Main Campus
School of Art (Studios),
Michael Victor II Art Library,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM