A Family of Trees: The “Up in the Trees” Series
When my wife, Kathy, and I first married, we traveled quite a bit. Coming from Colorado, I have always admired trees. We photographed trees wherever we went. I then upload the pictures to digitize them. Next, I work with the images in a photo enhancement software to adjust placement, values, shadows, contrast, and focus and compose a working draft. Finally, the artwork is created with oil paint in my studio (which, at that time, was our garage). I prefer painting on either panel or canvas with a brush and/or palette knife. Each of the trees in this painting represents a member of my immediate family.