Arms of Creation
Mixed Media, November 2019-May 2020
Original. 42 x 28″
Upon arriving in Beverly Hills for the first time in November of 2019, I realized I didn’t know much about the city other than its reputation with the rest of the world being a place where extreme wealth was displayed. After a week of settling in and hunting down a few good coffee shops where I could work, I went to the local Beverly Gardens Park for the first time seeing the large green swath of land separating the northern residential area and the commercial sections of the city. One of the most iconic parts of it is this gigantic tree right in the middle of the park between Beverly and Rodeo drive. I can confidently say this is probably the largest tree in Beverly Hills and has mostly likely been here since the park was founded in 1911. For my “plant portraits” series, I decided that I would try to capture the odd effect this Paul Bunyan-like tree had on me when I first saw its organic beauty.
Because I love art, I decided stylistically that I would incorporate features of Maxfield Parrish’s painting style into the color scheme of this image. Heavy references were from his painting, “Old White Birch” (1937).
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