The Paintings

 
Always beginning with close study, these woodland subjects become part of a memory store, sometimes fusing with images of metropolitan streets, or fugitive figures.

Often the subject picks up shapes from other paintings; and in this way pictures can interact with each other, to become an imaginary memory — a scene that has not existed before.

The Tree of Life, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Grimm’s fairy tales; woodlands suggest the mysterious, the fantastical. Forests, we know, are the world’s lungs, but they can also haunt. Trees change their identity with shifting patterns of dark and light; we can walk through a string of dappled Rorschach images.

Trees sometimes gesture, breathe welcome, or warning.

And they tell us stories.

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