My SILVICULTURE series is visually inspired by river landscape, forests, and trees. I draw inspiration from river edges seen during kayak trips, or from trees encountered while walking. I paint what grounds us. I consider our roots, growth and outreach. People’s lives intertwine and branch out, mimicking what is seen in nature; life, hope, development, dormancy, and death. Conscious to give people a different perspective, I make intentional choices to connect with the viewer. A fresh perspective can deepen our compassion and understanding, or renew respect for our world. When I see twisted branches and roots along the banks, I cannot help but think of the shelter provided in their tangled embrace. I’m fascinated by the support systems that develop and interconnect. Ever-changing, around a river bend, one can alternately encounter tall grasses, wide open waters, muddy banks, or dark, shady dense woods. Such is life. We can be helpless to ebb and flow. We can encounter something that trips us up. Looking back and seeing the whole picture, our tangled lives are often messy, but beautiful.
Silviculture is defined as the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests and woodlands to meet the diverse needs and values of landowners and society on a sustainable basis.