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"Sapling," 16"x20", acrylic on panel, from the "Forest for the Trees" series. This piece, along with some sister pieces will be available in the very near future. Please send any questions my way and thanks so much for your interest in my artwork.

I work intuitively, which means that I have no idea or plan as to how a piece will turn out. I just show up and follow my muse. It's often a game of cat and mouse - particularly when I think I know where we are headed. I am almost always wrong. I have learned to be quiet and patient. Usually that does the trick.

There's also many, many layers of paint in these pieces. Those layers are often paintings or designs that could be considered finished works on their own accord. When I sit with them, they bloom with promise but also keep their secrets until I pick my brush up again and trust that things will work out.

With Sapling, my muse first revealed the adult version of this tree. You can see her boughs and foliage ghosted in the background. Slowly, we began peeling those limbs off, pruning with glazes of paint, until she was left to a leggy, sparsely leafed specimen. Had we gone back in time? is she remembering her youth? or is she a whisper of a tree yet to take root?

Only my muse and the tree spirits know for certain and they are all being pretty quiet.

So I thank Sapling for honoring me with her presence and move on to the next painting. I'll learn down the road what the piece is about. But for now my job is to just bring them to life.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my work,
Be well and be inspired, Kim


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