I don’t know where exactly my fascination with trees comes from, but I know it has something to do with their shapes as it exceeds natural trees and includes tree-like things, such as electric pylons (see previous post). However, there are also trees that I find downright ugly, such as pine trees. And yes, the first has to yet enter my house during Christmas; instead I decorate leafless brown tree branches and put them in a large vase.
So within the huge variety of features trees come in, what are the common characteristics I’m so fond of? I’m afraid I can only be rather vague here…
Grounded creatures reaching for freedom? Impressive giants that connect earth and sky? Graphic – be it capricious or structured – shapes that make up a sky design? I guess all I know is that I’m not alone. Trees and tree-like shapes work for many people and artists. Brooks Shane Salzwedel, an LA-based artist who employs layered resin and mixed media to create depth and a delicate misty effect in his tree-ish works must be one of them.
Works by Brooks Shane Salzwedel