In 2021, my sweet beloved companion, Luna, a beautiful blue merle Australian Shepherd was diagnosed with cancer.
Like all the art in my life, Luna was my therapy as well. It was at this time I started painting trees and paths. We had hiked many trails together and I knew those days of walking in nature were coming to an end, of sorts.
The painting, I’ll Take You There, was the first of this collection. I believe it was a way to create a path between me and Luna. The blue represents her expressive and beautiful eyes and the trees, the coloring of her fur.
I believe in spirit animals and that Luna’s spirit shows up as a bluebird, which can be spied in several of my paintings.
There are various birds painted in all the works of Naked Trees. They represent life, so present in winter, a season that invites going inside, to contemplate and renew.