My personal relationship with trees has a profound affect on my work, and is what drives me to paint the landscape. I often treat trees as figures, gestural and dancing. In 2014, I was deeply moved by two shows in NYC: Joan Mitchell, Trees at Cheim Read and Yearning Upward, Painting Trees at The Painting Center. Each show explored the artists’ relationship with the tree, either using the tree as subject or as a source of expression. It has been my goal ever since to produce a major body of work exploring my personal expression of “tree.” My work is expressive, responding to direct observation in nature, so full immersion in a place with an abundance of source material is essential to launch this project. Having spoken with two Weir Farm residents I am confident that the environment there is ideal: diverse woodlands (some within studio view), walking trails, solitude, and a studio that will accommodate the large scale works that I plan— drawings and paintings. I am choosing shoulder seasons to observe trees in transitional stages.
~ Linda Packard
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