Not sure when I became so enamored with trees—could have been when I used to sit under our enormous branched crab apple tree with my Grandpa at an early age. I watched him eat crab apples even though at that time people didn't eat them. The branches of that tree—for little me—was way larger than life. Or maybe it was later when after moving to Sedona in the 80's. I fell in love with the spirit of the surrounding trees and the stark forms left that twist turn and stretch from rocks. They were ancient, formidable and expressive as their forms stayed with the landscape long after they were no longer alive.
So a few weeks ago I spent some time in Jerome and climbed stairs that I hadn't climbed in awhile. When I reached the next level there was an amazing tree I was seeing for the first time. It looked like it could reside in a mystical forest, a fairy tree with a story to tell. Textures, colors, leaves winding around, bark that was well worn it was a feast for the eyes and it is a great place to sit, spin a story and draw.
Trees in all shapes, sizes and forms are inspirational to my work.
From the images captured my next step is to draw the images using Illustrator and turn them into vector images. From there the images will be printed on transfer film and added to some of my steel sculpture. The image directly above is traced in illustrator to change the image for print.
This vector image will be printed 24" wide on inkAID's transfer film and then pieces will be cut and adheres to add texture to my sculpture.