26x34 oil 1985
This is a painting of a Japanese Umbrella Tree which has lived in Forest Park, (near the Rose Arbors) in Springfield, Mass. for many years. It cannot reproduce itself without another tree of it's kind, therefore it has remained one. -- Alone in a strange land.
In the painting, this "entity" (tree) consumes it's space with both it's loneliness and it's strength. It's root live timelessly in the soil made barren by many human feet. It ever beckons to us, inviting us to enter into it's secret. We respond, desiring to climb it's branches. Yet in it's wisdom, allows us only to sit nearby. In the soft glow of light upon the tree and blanketing it's space, we are called again, yet the tree remains alone in it's strange, mysterious life.