I don’t know what it is about a lone tree on a hill but after researching their believed powers while in the UK I am interested to know stories from other cultures. When I was in Scotland I learned about the magic Rowan tree (although it doesn't need a hill to cast it's spell) but Canada is a young country in comparison and I don’t know of any historical fact or fiction in regards to tree lore. I am interested in finding out. Obviously we are all affected by trees and the natural world but what is it about a solitary one in the distance and in between?
July, Niagara Escarpment, oil on canvas, 36x36in, 2011, sold
This painting recently sold and I am feeling a little separation anxiety. It was one of my largest plein air paintings- worked entirely on location and with no touching up in the studio. I went out every afternoon (with similar light conditions) for about a week and it was one of those rare transcendental experiences where the painting takes you somewhere divine.