After living in Manhattan for most of my life, being surrounded by trees was a stark contrast. During my first year in Highmount full time, I observed the distinct seasonal changes in this region of the Catskills. I love the immediacy of India Ink and the bravery of that first dramatic stroke onto paper. The trees seemed brave too, inspiring me with confidence. I did plein air drawings from August through November, observing their lush end of Summer to their hyper-active transition towards Fall-Winter. While drawing them, I felt the transience of everything: light/shadow, time, illusion/reflection, sound, and myself- in that ever-changing landscape, where I discovered an order for me to capture. I was especially interested in the trees’ relationship to each other, during their individual varying stages of losing their leaves. I noted them reaching their branches out towards each other, which I understood as an undefined support system. I tried to represent the moment, allowing myself to lose graphic control at times to find the edge of that order.
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