I’ve done many illustrations of trees for wedding invitations or as wedding gifts. I’ve drawn them as places of safety and as places to hide.
Trees are so full of symbolism that they are almost cliché, and yet they are a subject I go back to over and over again. I might change the shape of the leaves into stars for one drawing or circles for another. I tend to place my trees in a composition that would have surely been frowned upon in art school: A solitary tree with a straight trunk and symmetrically fanned branches positioned centrally on the paper; no interesting angles or perspective.
Yet there is something about that composition that appeals to me. It’s direct and it’s strong.
Here are a few samples of my trees:
The Caring Tree (mixed media)
Tree for Barry (mixed media)
Tree of Life (mixed media)
Student (mixed media 2003)
This year, Arbor Day falls on what would have been my sister in law’s 58th birthday.
Sharon was a woman with branches full of fruit and a trunk with a heart carved into it. I still see a long shadow where she once stood.