GATE OF PINES   36" x 36”   January 8, 2016  

 

Evergreens have been always a subject of fascination for me: noble, vigilant, my apostles at the edge of the field. In sunlight they take on a brighter green, their needles lively and sometimes sparkling with resin. Toward nightfall they seem fiercer, braced to protect.

This painting echoes some of these sentiments, where a gate of pines protects a house, with beauty and strength. The vertical stripes follow an asymmetrical rhythm driving the eye left to right. The center stripes allude to the blackening effect of evening, leveraging the stripe's ability to juxtapose two moods on one plane.