of the earth and sky


Yesterday evening I hung 19 paintings up at Irwin’s in Wallingford on 40th Street. I titled my exhibit “Of the Earth and Sky” and it showcases many of my tree paintings. I received “Memory” back in just enough time to include it in with the other tree paintings. That turned out to be great because there was one big wall that needed a big painting. My camera died just when I started to take photos and so I only have this one corner shot, which isn’t even a very good picture to share. I will have to go back and take some more.

While I was hanging the work, a man who had stopped in to get a hot drink took a look as he stirred his drink. I smiled at him as I had a pencil sticking above one ear, a hammer and nail in one hand, and a painting in another.

He looked at me and said, “You like trees, huh?”

I laughed and said, “Yeah, how’d you know?”

We talked for a bit and it turns out he is an arborist and was at a house close by taking a look at one of the trees. He told me that a lot of people have emotional attachment to the trees on their property. He asked me if I would be interested in doing commissions and if so he might send people my way who want to commemmorate their trees. I gave him one of my cards as we shook hands and he said, “this could be a very fortuitous meeting.”

I don’t know if anything will come of it, but it just goes to show me that I never know what will come out of putting my work out there in seemingly random places. If anything, I really need an arborist to come look at three of our trees in our backyard and I didn’t know who to call! Now I have someone to call to tell me what to do with my towering trees that sway very scarily ever since the recent wind storms.


  1. Prolific! 40 paintings. Wow! I can’t even seem to get 15 prints framed here at home. Do you ever sleep? Ah, but the world surely benefits from your productivity! Jaw dropping work as usual! I’m in awe…

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