My paintings are portraits of trees that have inspired me.  Nearly life-sized, each painting presents an allegorical view of an individual tree.  Primary elements in the paintings are tree trunks, the surrounding atmosphere, and their interior essence. Scars of lost limbs and forms created through decay and adaptation reveal their unique histories made over very long lives.  Smooth bark displays shadows from the exterior world while rough bark alludes to inner growth and struggle.  Some exist in a golden atmosphere suggesting the infinite while others appear to be posed in a portrait studio or seen standing against a blue sky.  Each painting is oil on 5′ X 3’ stretched canvas.  Their titles refer to the location where they live.