The leaf in this painting is from a Sugar Maple. As we look deep within its essence, we see the trees reaching skyward. This leaf reflects the viability of its source, the towering Sugar Maple from which it grew. Its neighbors, the Hemlock, Beech, and Birch, are part of the dense canopy that shades the Sugar Maple seedlings, nurturing the young trees growth. However, in the Northeast U.S and Southeast Canada, the population of Sugar Maple seedlings has declined due to acid deposition. This pollution not only impacts our natural areas, but also local economies that depend on the production of maple sugar and wood products as well. As we think about our natural and human communities, let’s ensure the health and long term survival of a balanced forest ecosystem. Precipitation, as rain, snow, or fog, should nurture our soils and our trees, just like the fall colors nurture our senses. Do the beautiful autumn hues, reflected in a quiet pool of water, send ripples of a balanced future? For more information, please visit www.studiodune.com.
Rebecca Richman, Parker, Colorado Member Since June 2006 Artist Statement "To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from." ~ Terry Tempest Williams
To honor our relationship with the natural world, I paint the space between the threads that weave together the beautiful tapestry of biodiversity. My work reflects the quiet connection of one life to another, and the intricate ways in which we impact our planet and are impacted by it.
Let’s celebrate our connection to wildness. To the earth. To all life. ~ Rebecca Richman