1. Orange and Green – fluorescent and oil paints on canvas; 34 x 36 in.
2. Wishing Tree – oil on canvas; 34 x 34 in.
For the past several years, trees have been the focus of my paintings. Because of my sculpture background, I perceive negative space in three dimensions on canvas. By carving away this space with paint, the tree is revealed, a process of working from the outside to depict the inside. The paintings evolve as I repaint them over and over to find the exact color combinations in keeping with my vision.
© Merle Temkin