Monday, August 27, 2007
Past, Present, and Future; Sole Survivor
Past, Present, and Future
This small triptych is representative of the forest as the pine beetle continues its inexorable march
through the pine trees at an alarming rate. The green past was before the devastation of the beetle, when the trees where healthy and vibrant. The present shows how the forest is changing, with a spectrum of green to rust to grey. The future represents the dead trees that are left when the beetle passes (and in fact is fast becoming part of the present). The background of each painting is important to note as the colours reflect what is happening behind the trees. Although the forest is dying, on the far right side, in the future, the green is coming back. That is my hope.
Despite the devastation of the pine beetle epidemic in our forests, in amongst the rust red trees, I see lonely green pine trees standing against the onslaught. I am hopeful that some of the pine trees that are left will be the stronger generation to meet the demands of future infestations. The background colours are, again, important as they represent the death of the forest moving to re-growth and revitalization. That is my hope.