Description Acrylic on canvas, 24' x 18', September, 2008.
This painting is inspired by Georgia OKeeffes The Lawrence Tree. She painted her picture around 1929, while visiting the former ranch of author D. H. Lawrence near Taos, New Mexico.
Describing that time, OKeeffe wrote, There was a long weathered carpenters bench under the tall tree in front of the little old house that Lawrence had lived in there. I often lay on that bench looking up into the treepast the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.
In some books and prints, The Lawrence Tree is shown with the trunk at the lower right, but a number of scholars feel that OKeeffe wanted the trunk to be at the upper left, with the tree disconcertingly growing down, as Ive arranged it in my version. But you can hang it the other way if you like!