Liz Poulin Alvarez
Trees Songs are a collection of trees painted on location or in Plein-air. Using an alla prima method of completing a painting quickly in 1 sitting, the aim is to present a sense of the tree in its environment and my relationship to it. This collection spans 23 years of trees painted on location.
Time of day and shadow shapes inform my decisions to include or edit out certain details. As long as I can remember, trees in the landscape have always been an important part of my artmaking. From walking in the tall pine forests during my childhood in Maine to walking in the landscape near my home in Central California, trees for me are a calming presence in the environment. For many years, I could sense but not fully comprehend the sounds of trees, only that they felt alive. After reading The Overstory by Richard Powers, he explains our historical relationship to trees. In several chapters, he clarifies the voice of the trees and describes their sentient being as a living personality.
Painting outdoors is a form of play for me, from observing the light and breathing the earthy scent, while listening to their songs around me. Feeling rejuvenated, the process and product bring so much joy. With gratitude for my family and support from my patrons, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with you my paintings of Trees Songs.
Meet the artist: Saturdays, January 20 from 11-2 p.m. and January 27 from 2-5 p.m. at Gallery 113. Discover more artwork from Liz at: www.elizabethpalvarez.com