Election Tree, 2016
Pastel, mixed media - 18x24
Election Tree was drawn several weeks before the November 2016 election. There was hope in the air.
The Cabinet was drawn as I listened for hours to most of the confirmation hearings.
The trees growing on this ridge, seemingly grounded in bedrock, must grow beside each other, trying to take shape while living side by side.
The Inauguration was drawn in anticipation of the 2016 inauguration.
The large tree quickly became "The Boss" while the surrounding trees represented the politicians jockeying for his attention.
One morning as I was waking, when the piece was nearly complete, I saw in my mind the red band behind the wall -- and knew it had to be included in the piece.
Somewhat hesitant, but without question, I went down to the studio and added red on the horizon.
A red horizon can be found behind the wall in every other drawing following The Inauguration of The Election Tree series.
The Farewell Speech
Pastel, mixed media
The Farewell Speech was begun the afternoon after President
Obama's helicopter lifted him and the First Lady up and away from
the White House for the last time. I watched while sobbed (as did
one of the announcers).
The drawing was begun within the hour.
The Inauguration Speech
I listened to this speech a minimum of seven times in order to
capture the feeling that initially arose when first hearing it.
This drawing made me feel as though I was wrestling a large ugly
creature. There were times I felt I would be defeated, but I won by
having completed it!
The Mattis Hearing
Pastel, mixed media
Once it was clear I was drawing a series of trees that represented
the 2016 election, it was necessary to listen to as many cabinet
hearings as possible. The Mattis hearing seemed remotely hopeful.
General Mattis seemed have a strong patriotic sense, and he takes
care of his aged mother.
The Breathing Tree (pre-election)
This drawing does not have a red field behind it's wall because this
little "Breathing Tree" was drawn before the election, before anyone
knew who would become the next president. It was a hopeful, but
The four Breathing Trees in the Election Tree series, told me as I
drew, "Just breathe! You will make it through this trying time."
I began to understand how trees are relegated to stay put where
they grow. They too must breathe through whatever weather or
destructive activities occur around them.
Now, I cannot draw or paint trees without imagining how they
breathe around their hardships as well as their perfect seasons.
Breathing Tree 2
This is one of the four little Breathing Trees.
As mentioned earlier, as I drew these trees were a constant reminder
to breathe as a tool to help understand the ever-present post
The Breathing Tree 3
The Breathing Tree 4
The Press Conference
This drawing was made while listening live to the newly elected
president's first press conference.
Pen and Ink
Pre Election was drawn the day before the 2016 election. The entire
country seemed excited, not knowing who would win.
In order to calm down I began "journaling" by outlining this stand of
trees behind the John Chaffee statue in Colt State Park in Bristol,
My thoughts mind flew out of the pen. Soon I was "drawing" the
words and sometimes writing the words that became the silhouette
of the trees and the foreground from which they rise. The images
and lines may not be legible, but the words are nevertheless there,
expressed in the lines.
This was drawn the day after the election.
Copy of Election Tree, 2016
The Cotton Harvest and Field Laid Fallow
Pastel, mixed media - 30X22
Three Trees, Field and Road
Charcoal, pastel, mixed media - 18X24
Behind Oakdale Cemetery
Field Laid Fallow - 2
Charcoal and pastel, 18X24
Sister Swamp Trees
Pastel, mixed media - 14X15
Field Laid Fallow
Charcoal, pastel, mixed media - 30X22
Charcoal and pastel - 18X24
Sister Pecan Trees
Pastels, mixed media - 8.5X11
Pastel, mixed media - 8.5X11
Pastels, mixed media - 8.5x11
With My Back to the 17th Hole
Pastel and mixed media - 18x24
Charcoal, pastel and pencil - 18X24
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