I have always been fascinated by trees in the visual landscape, and they play a very important role in my compositions as secondary framing and massing elements that crown and enclose an architectural apex, or soften the solidity of architectural structures, and reinforce a determination of “setting”. All of this aside, I just love trees. I love the profile of a spreading white oak against a summer sky, the Romantic shape of a black locust that looks like it belongs in a Caspar David Friedrich painting, the gnarled bole of an old sugar maple, and the intriguing twisted limbs of old apple trees.
We live in a heavily wooded area that was once an old farm site, and the remnants of an orchard still dot the property. The old chap that served as my model for this painting isn’t far from my studio.