Though this particular work of art was painted several years ago, painting this was the closest I’ve been to a religious experience while painting and creating artworks ever. Hear me out.
I often get lost in my work, time escapes me on a regular basis and when I’m alone in my studio painting and creating, I sometimes forget to eat, sleep, etc.
But in making this particular piece of art, I had a truly out-of-body experience. It was one of several larger paintings I was completing for a solo show I was preparing for. That I was listening to Dave Matthews Band may have helped, but no alcohol or drugs — illicit or otherwise — were ingested during the creation of this painting.
Why a simple tree? In druid times and within the Celtic race, trees were held as sacred. In my own life, particular trees hold special meaning and symbolize the lives of loved ones born or passed on. For that reason, this work is near and dear to me.
Minimalist in style, I love how the silver trunk reflects the light and casts an otherworldly glow on the canvas, as if alive. I indicated it was not for sale and happily scored not one but two commissions from it. Fine art print and canvas copies are available through Saatchi, and other merchandise — duvet covers, shower curtains, note cards, you name it, are available here.