The Forest Portrait panels depict the unusually anthropomorphic nature of evergreen trees found in the Pacific Northwest. These peculiar, but natural formations are the result of seedlings growing to maturity on what are commonly known as nurse logs. Like traditional portraiture, these images are referenced from photographs and capture a moment in time revealing each subjects unique character. The evocative shapes created by these trees reflect the mystery of nature, but also suggest an individual and collective narrative for the viewer to unravel.
The following panels are constructed from walnut burl and silver leaf using an ‘etched drawing’ technique. A cross between subtractive drawing and cross hatch etching.