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Cheryl A. Richey’s painting, “Crackling Arbutus”

June 21, 2011

“Crackling Arbutus”

Cheryl A. Richey

Mixed media on panel

36” x 24”

Water reflections

On crackling arbutus bark.

Bird cries on the wind.

© Cheryl A. Richey

My painting and haiku were inspired by a week’s holiday in a small cottage overlooking Ganges harbor on Saltspring Island off Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  While my husband and I were enjoying the view and solitude we suddenly became aware of crackling, popping sounds that seemed to be coming from the nearby woods.  After carefully listening, observing, and sleuthing, we discovered that the sounds were coming from thick stands of Madrona trees (Arbutus in Canada).  The reddish bark or “skin” of Arbutus trees grows and stretches and finally tears, cracks, and curls uncovering smooth light green wood beneath.  I had never heard this process before.  I was awestruck by the active and audible movement of the trees’ growth and came to change my perception of these beautiful trees as “passive” forest dwellers.  All of my abstract paintings of “tree spirits,” including Cracking Arbutus, attempt to capture or create my sense of the aliveness, mystery, and enduring vitality of trees.


Elizabeth Reed Smith’s painting, “Some Enchanted Evening”

May 13, 2011

“Some Enchanted Evening”

Elizabeth Reed Smith

Mixed Media on Paper  12″ x 14”

This work is inspired by the effect of moonlight through madrona trees on the shores of Puget Sound. Because both the moon and its reflection are applied gold leaf they appear and disappear as the light of day progresses.

“In each of my drawings I endeavor to celebrate nature within a time and space beyond the mere place of inspiration. Like artists throughout time, I invite the viewer to enter my world and, by so doing. make it their own.”

‘The gift of trees is the gift of books, oxygen, poetry and hope.’ Anonymous

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December 26, 2010

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