The line of a tree branch originally inspired my work. The absence of leaves allowed interwoven lines to connect and create multiple windows. The spaces between the branches intrigued me as they framed what existed beyond. I continue to look within these lines as I seek the patterns of trees found in the grains of wood. As the grain twists and turns, it begins to transform from lines, to threads, to paths that all lead to the soft-spoken reminder that everything is connected.
A cycle is discovered, a balance of give and take.
My process began by reproducing images of trees on reclaimed doors. Over the years I began to incorporate the wood grain and the knots into my work. I begin by drawing on the surface using a wood burning tool. Once the image of a tree is complete I add stain to enhance the grain and add color to my work. My work is inspired from the nature that surrounds me from Portland city parks to the mountains and coastline of the Pacific Northwest.