It’s day 16 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

The objects I pick up from the forest floor, the pine cones, the burned bark and the tree branches and pieces, are perfect sculptures to me. I treat them minimally in my paintings by only surrounding them with a sea of color to respect their natural forms and interesting imperfections. It’s a bit the way I think about the forest. I want to go out there and enjoy the wilderness but at the same time I want to respect the environment and not do much to change the natural beauty of the landscape. Leave No Trace.

“In The Forest VI”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and tree branch on wood panel
Origin: Pole Creek Fire, Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon
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Leave No Trace, 3 Sisters Wilderness

The paintings I create during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge will be included in my NATURE CURATED series which captures the essence of place by encapsulating carefully chosen mementos nature has seemingly left behind in a thick bed of pigmented encaustic wax. To create these paintings I explore the ocean shore and forest floor to find the perfect, unique objects (shells, pine cones, driftwood and stones) to embed in a luscious layer of wax. All of these natural objects tells the story of its origin, like the smooth edges on driftwood illustrates the journey it took undulating back and forth against the rough ocean shore. Each three-dimensional fine art painting is unique, signed by me, ready to hang and includes the place of origin.