Abiding Trees


at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community

You’re invited to see my new series, entitled ABIDING TREES, opening in a solo show at Still Hopes on October 3 and continuing through November 29. Paintings in bold, extravagant colors celebrate our abiding relationships with trees.

Shearouse Center for Wellness
at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community
One Still Hopes Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
October 3 – November 29, 2016
10 am – 4 pm M-F


Trees often appear in my paintings regardless of my intention. I may start out to paint a house or barn and end up with a tree painting. Organic shapes come to the front and architecture becomes background. I’m also attracted to slanted light drawing me in to see what lies beyond an opening.

When I paint on location, I use oil or acrylic paint to capture light and simplify shapes. Back in the studio, I enlarge my plein air studies and have fun modifying colors, flinging drippy paint, and building texture. I give the painting personal expression by combining natural shapes with subjective color.

To me, trees represent the continuity of nature because they have long lives that span generations. Trees hold the essence of a landscape in their shapes. They are both universal and specific. As humans, we have a long and abiding relationship with trees. I invite viewers to reflect on the meaning of trees in their personal and family history.