TREE TAPESTRIES

~2017~

‘And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.’ - John Muir
‘And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.’ - John Muir
Oil and mixed media on canvas 1500 x 1100mm 2016
'We all have forests on our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each one of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone.' - Ursula K. Le Guin
'We all have forests on our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each one of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone.' - Ursula K. Le Guin
Oil and mixed media on canvas 1500 x 1100mm 2016
‘Learn to Live the Light of your Soul’ - Unknown
‘Learn to Live the Light of your Soul’ - Unknown
Oil and mixed media on canvas 900 x 900mm 2016
’THERE IS A CRACK IN EVERYTHING. THAT IS HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN’ - LEONARD COHEN
’THERE IS A CRACK IN EVERYTHING. THAT IS HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN’ - LEONARD COHEN
Oil and mixed media on canvas 900 x 900mm 2016
‘MAYBE EVERYTHING EACH OF US CAN SEE IS OUR OWN SHADOW’ - UNKNOWN
‘MAYBE EVERYTHING EACH OF US CAN SEE IS OUR OWN SHADOW’ - UNKNOWN
Oil and mixed media on canvas 900 x 900mm 2016
‘ALL THE WISDOM IS STORED IN TREES’
‘ALL THE WISDOM IS STORED IN TREES’
Oil and mixed media on canvas 750 x 750mm 2015
‘LIGHT DEW INSPIRES THE DAY’
‘LIGHT DEW INSPIRES THE DAY’
Oil and mixed media on canvas 600 x 600mm 2015
WEBBED BRANCHES AND TURKISH TEXTILES
WEBBED BRANCHES AND TURKISH TEXTILES
Oil and mixed media on board 1110 x 800mm 2015
DUSK EMERGING IN THE FOREST EDGED WITH PAISLEY BOTTOMS
DUSK EMERGING IN THE FOREST EDGED WITH PAISLEY BOTTOMS
Oil on canvas 600 x 700mm 2015
'In The Right Light, At The Right Time. Everything Is Extraordinary.' - Aaron Rose
'In The Right Light, At The Right Time. Everything Is Extraordinary.' - Aaron Rose
Oil on canvas 1500 x 1100mm 2016
 'Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!' - Chief Si ahl
'Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!' - Chief Si ahl
Oil and mixed media on canvas 1500 x 1100mm 2016

My work is a commitment to the process of painting, to the manipulation of paint so as to create images that express personal experiences that evoke the universal.
This particular body of work has evolved from my revisiting the memory of being amongst the trees along the driveway and the bottom of the garden of my childhood home. Here I felt at one with myself’ . I have made paintings that rekindle my sense of that specific place, both physically and emotionally. Moreover, these works become metaphors for the experiencing of the concept of the urban forest that is indeed pertinent to Johannesburg as a context.
The stability of tree trunks and branches, contrasted with the movement of falling leaves seem to signify both permanence and transience in the changing of the foliage over time as it falls to the ground: renewal is present in nature’ s growth and change. This is essential to any experience of trees.
In recognition of the tangible quality of the forest, I derive materials from it to add to my oil paint: leaves, sticks and sand give the paintings an element of tactility. My intention is to give a sense of the patterns of bark, of the filtered light that dapples the scene and the multitude of leaves both as crowns of the trees and carpeting the ground. The integration between structure and light and shadow become the focus of my vision. There is also reference to the decorative textiles with their curvilinear and geometricized patterning that would have been in the house echoing what exists in the garden outside.
Metaphorically these works are like ‘tapestries’ , since they seem to be colour woven onto cloth, paint woven onto canvas. My painting process appears to be loose and without conscious decision, as it makes up the image. As I create the image, “the underside of the tapestry seems to be nothing more than a jumble of thread, occasionally knotted but seemingly random.” Corrie ten Boom
In my process I embrace the idea of chance. I have no preconception of the final painting but explore the paints qualities by adding and eliminating, as the image develops and presents a visual reality. This represents my experience of that internal tapestry of trees that resides in Johannesburg. There is an increasing density of urban life in this contemporary city. Perhaps my work represents a nostalgia for the nature that is disappearing. Actually, those trees in my childhood forest, have been cut down, to be replaced by new houses.