DescriptionTraveler's Palm Hand drawn with pen and India ink on paper
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.~ Henry David Thoreau
As a traveler myself, I loved the name of this plant, and its grand beauty. At the base of each leaf bracket is a hollow, that can hold a liter of fresh water. Refreshment jungle style.
The Traveler’s Palm is related to Bananas and Bird-of-Paradise and not Palm Trees. It probably was given name Traveler’s Palm by early explorers, because it can grow to 60’ and is a soft wood like palm or banana (more of a plant than a tree). It is said, that the tree will naturally grow with its leaves pointing east and west, as a guide to the lost traveler. In the wild – plants grown from seed, this looks to be true. But I’ve noticed plants off-course. They were planted from nursery stock and started off not knowing their duty to the wayward traveler.
Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.~Rabindranath Tagore
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Savanna Redman, Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Join me on facebook or Twitter - to see my newest work (as it is released), news and events. facebook.com/s.redman.art @SavannaRedman Or visit my website savannaredman.com
Currently, I'm sculpting silver jewelry, inspired by the Rainforest and Reef, and loving playing with fire!
I paint, draw, sculpt. It's a requirement: like breathing. I’ve been following the equator these last 20 years, admittedly with a bit of a wobble, finding my imagination strongest between the 16 degrees north and the 16 degrees south mark.
Rainforest to reef. Beautiful and endangered tropical flora and fauna are my inspiration, but my finished painting come from something larger than I can create in the daylight hours. They arrive in dreams, complete, and usually with a story. Sometimes I believe it’s the equatorial pull, a tropical twist that draws the glass thread of creativity from my soul. But at other times I’m certain it’s a magic spell casts by the wildlife. Or the Gods of the ancient cultures whispering in my ear – paint this, see this, dream this. I don’t always understand the source, but I know it is my job to recreate what I’ve been given in my dream.
The Gallery pages show a bit of the work I’ve created while living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the BVI. And ink drawings I’ve created while passing through, passing time, waiting on trains, planes, ferries, tuk tuks, and a camel. Nothing formal, but if you like, there’s more to see and read about my work and inspiration behind my paintings, at www.savannaredman.com.
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A quote I believe...
All true Art must help the soul realize the inner self...
True Art must be evidence of happiness, contentment and spirituality of its authors". - Gandhi