Trees

"I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree..."

Joyce Kilmer

My paintings are inspired by my summers in Muskoka. Our cottage is hidden among pines, birches, cedars, hemlocks, maples, oaks (because I¹m sure I¹ve seen acorns) and .... There¹s more, I just know it. It¹s impossible to ignore the beauty and mystery of a tree. They brim with life, both beautiful and dangerous; they are a perfect metaphor for being alive.

Trees, for me, stand for the legacy we will leave our children. They are our oxygen. We are symbiotic. I keep myself mindful of trees and the environment by painting them. And I hope to do the same for those who take the time to look at my art. Trees are a natural subject for visual meditation.

There is a long tradition of landscape painting in Canada and with so much beauty within the expanse of our borders; it¹s no wonder. I feel connected to that tradition when I paint trees and forests. I have Thomson, Carr, Kahn, De Kooning (and a hundred other artists) to thank for their thoughtfulness to landscape (not De Kooning) and their playfulness of colour (for sure De Kooning).


"Paintings are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree."

Pauline Thompson