Monday, September 26, 2011

People Love Trees

Notes From My Tree Journal

Last weekend I set up shop at a festival in a center behind my studio. I took six of my tree paintings with me to show off to visitors. The above painting was the most popular with viewers. I received many comments on this one.

There were many painters at the festival who did Florida paintings. Visitors told me that mine were unique because I didn't do the same marsh and palm tree paintings that the others did. I have done many marsh and palm paintings in my long career, but for the last year or two, I have focused more on rural agricultural Florida. This is the land I grew up with. I was born and raised in north central Florida, with pines and hardwoods. I grew up with farmers and ranchers who hunted and fished to feed their families. The Florida of the past in many ways. This is unfortunate.


  1. I can see why people loved this painting so much - the way you've handled light is simply magical. The painting also makes me wonder what stories the tree would tell if only it could talk!

  2. Thank you so very much. The image is poor as I'm not much of a photographer, so I am very grateful for your kind comments. I imagine there are many wonderful stories from the Civil War and onward known by this tree. The land was part of a vast plantation in those days.