Saltus Series of paintings, while highlighting the fragility
and precariousness of our forests that are endangered by
Mountain Pine Beetle infestations, are multi layered. These
paintings reference the stages of the pine tree's journey
as it experiences healthy strength, pitch tubes, egg chambers,
fungus rings, starving death, fire and charred remains.
They are a connection to our collective memories of forest
as well as a memory of the forest itself expressed through
the mark making of the vegetation. They are an aesthetic
expression of the life of the endangered forest. These abstracted
expressionistic paintings are a metaphor for loss but also
for enduring energy and presence.