richard  garrison

I am interested in the often-overlooked depth of beauty found in the ordinary, even in a tree branch; especially in a tree branch. After studying the structure of trees for the past several years, I have become entranced with the complexity, the flow, the beauty, the fragility, and the strength inherent in those natural structures.

The Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore, in one of his Fireflies, said "trees are earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven." I think this is a poetic way to say that all life is connected, and evidence of an underlying Spirit.

In addition to exploring the visual qualities of color, line, shape, and of paint, I seek to capture some of the aforementioned beauty and spirit in these paintings, and in so doing, to express my feelings about the need for us to preserve nature, to live in harmony with it, so as to ensure our own preservation. To do this we must simply protect it from ourselves.

-Richard Garrison