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 creates works of art in the realist tradition with a subtle, impressionist style to inspire a feeling of oneness with the natural world. Influenced by her love of all life forms, Richman's images mirror the delicate relationships between people, living species and their landscape homes. Her vision of beauty is portrayed by the meticulous use of color, depth, clarity, and light. Through her art, she encourages all people to explore their own intimate relationship with Nature.