Garry Oak trees, and Garry Oak Meadows are now diminished greatly, but hopefully not vanishing. Truly unique to our area they provide an unequaled variety of forms and inspirations. Like aged, gnarled, dragons in winter, they can be fresh and friendly in spring and summer.
As above, so below With roots in the earth and branching into the heavens, trees in their wild and cultivated varieties are living metaphors of life's mysteries and remind us to persevere, connect, rejoice, rest and be reborn.
I love being in the outdoors and here in Victoria, the garden city, being outdoors is being in a constantly changing garden. One of my favourite haunts is the Government House Gardens, an amazing specimen garden with more exotic flowers, plants and trees than you can shake a stick at. The beauty of the botanicals is mesmerizing and I consider these photo illustrations proof!
Lush blooms and still reflective ponds... ponds broken off from the sky... clouds, trees and flowers either above or below. An upside down world, where the first could be last and the last first...These montages are inspired by Maria Rilke's lovely poem Moving Forward.
The deep parts of my life pour onward, as if the river shores were opening out. It seems that things are more like me now, That I can see farther into paintings. I feel closer to what language can't reach. With my senses, as with birds, I climb into the windy heaven, out of the oak, in the ponds broken off from the sky my falling sinks, as if standing on fishes.