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Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple

Piece description from the artist

This painting, to me, is about growth and death at the same time.

The subject matter of the painting is a sugar maple in Prospect Park. It is illuminated from behind, colored red during the height of autumn.

This painting is a tree at human scale. You are forced to confront it directly: growing, dying, and beautiful.

I kept my recently passed friend, Mag, in mind while painting this sugar maple. I started the piece when Mag became ill. I needed to jolt myself out of the stress and assert my own agency precisely because I felt so helpless. A 6 foot square painting was the perfect challenge.

Mag gave me a book called “Freddy the Leaf” after my mother died. It is about a leaf, transitions through life, and death. This book inspired me while painting this tree.

I also thought about the connection between the growth of a human and the growth of a tree…as well the way I orient myself to both. A human and a tree cannot change their roots. They are formed by the conditions they are born into.

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72.0" x 72.0"
oil on canvas

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