Reaching Tree

Mixed Media, July 2018
Original. 42 x 56″

Inspired by my recent hiking adventures in New Mexico, I sought to explore the natural beauty of the Austin trails. Among them, Barton Creek trail stood out as one of the most magnificent and conveniently located near my previous residence. Along this trail, cottonwood trees, such as the one depicted in this painting, could be found in abundance, both in Barton Creek and across North America. These trees, often found near water sources in the wild, became a reliable guide for me while hiking, as their shimmering leaves and distinctive rustling sounds indicated the presence of nearby rivers.

In this image, I aimed to showcase the cottonwood tree in various seasons and capture the transitional moments between day and night. It served as my artistic reawakening after a long hiatus from art, during which I had dedicated my focus to teaching and even contemplated pursuing a career as a school principal. However, I am grateful for my return to art, as it has allowed me to rediscover my passion and creativity.

Through this artwork, I hope to convey the profound connection I felt with nature during my hikes, as well as the sense of joy and fulfillment that comes from embracing one’s true artistic calling.


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Dimensions 42 × 56 in
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