When you became my forest...began as an exploration of the re-imagining of portraiture through the lens of trees. I started with my fascination of the essences of people close to me, painting those essences, those life-forces as trees in single portraits, couples, and families. This is the study in the personification of trees, with all of the character, vibrancy and temperament we tend to only reserve for animals and humans.
They embrace, wrap around and stretch past in a constant state of flux. There is growth and change, encountering ailments and loosing parts, but the will to survive is ever present and powerful in its strength, weathering through different encounters. They engage, protect and provide shelter for all who seek it. Trees and humans are a lot more akin than is visually apparent. My hope is to create a movement of respect for the necessities they provide to us.