Piece description from the artist
This photograph makes me happy as I think of the luscious feeling of warm sun and the freshness of spring flowers. This work is part of a series I did on abandoned apple trees. Apple orchards covered the Massachusetts Berkshires years ago. Development left surviving trees that still dot the region. As I drove around the Berkshires, I would make note of survivors and return to take photos of the trees. I would record the development from bare tree in the winter, through spring blossoms and summer growth. Then in the fall I would return with my camera to record the fallen apples, and a bag to pick up the fruit for delicious pies. No sense in wasting good apples. This tree produces wonderful heritage apples in front of the police station in North Adams.
Kay’s family moved to an Illinois farm from New York City when she was a young girl. She was greatly influenced by living so close to nature on the farm, and consequently has been exploring themes of the natural world via fine art photography for over thirty years. Her photographs have been exhibited in national and regional juried shows and are included in numerous corporate, museum and private collections.
Kay went to Boston and received a B.A. from Northeastern University and a Professional Diploma from the New England School of Photography. One of the original founders of the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA, she loved living and working in the Boston area. Then she developed a strong need for trees and moved to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. In the fall of 2003, Kay opened her studio in an old brick schoolhouse in Adams, Massachusetts. While in the Berkshires, she has worked on her night landscape series, using light-painting techniques to illuminate night landscapes. Most recently she has been shooting underwater “waterscapes” in rivers and ponds. All along Kay has been taking in as much of the natural world as she can.