“When I see a tree, I receive a shock, as if the tree were something that breathed, that talked …” – Joan Miro
Trees have been venerated and mythologized in all cultures throughout the ages. Their ubiquitous nature, and our hurried lifestyle, mean that we often pass them by, quite unconsciously.
Tree Totems draws attention to the uniqueness of individual trees, elevating them to totemic status. By highlighting fragments of a greater whole, my work depicts different ways of seeing, sanctifying the ordinary by expanding it into a new dimension – the realm of the extraordinary.
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity . . . and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake