|Remnants of autumn, 8x6" oil on panel|
It is not my intention to create an oil painting walking guide of trees indigenous to North Carolina. It is my intention to document in oil those trees that talk to me. For years I have passed trees and said to myself, now there’s your quintessential Live Oak, or there is the perfect representation of a Magnolia tree. These are the trees I want to paint. In some cases, I want to paint visual definitions of various tree species. Botanical artists do a good job of this. I want though to do this in my own style and hopefully, to bring more life to the work than I see in most botanical illustration. I want these to be tree paintings, not tree illustrations.