After the title for this piece “Arboreal Guardian” came I was reminded of Julia Butterfly Hill and her legendary relationship with Luna, the giant redwood tree she inhabited for two years. When she speaks of that time, it is with such reverence for the great spirit of the tree whose life she defended with her own life (from the chain saws of the lumber company). She feels that the tree in fact saved her as well, taught her patience and flexibility and endurance. Luna became her spiritual teacher.
None of this was consciously in my mind as I painted this piece. Actually whatever was in my mind refuses at this moment to be put into words! Which is as it should be. The image will speak louder. . .