For example, trees furnish us with food, oxygen, shelter, fuel, furniture, paper, medicine, tools and sports equipment. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one acre (0.4 hectare or about the size of a football field) of trees absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. That's enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.
Trees are very important in our spiritual lives - the Christmas tree, the tree of life, the tree of knowledge, the pipal tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment. Trees are seen to link the sky/heaven, the earth and the underworld.
I focus on the regenerative forest growth around old, dead and dying trees and forests. The energy of new forest growth is captured and the vibrancy of new life and resurrection expressed visually.
Original images are presented with creative and subtle use of artistic and digital darkroom techniques to convey the magic of a walk in the woods. The techniques allow me to show viewers what lies beyond the reality of the image to something deeper and mysterious. See the slide show of selected images at Phantoms of the Forest Gallery and exhibitions at Ocean Heart Gallery, 5880 Spring Garden Road and ViewPoint Gallery, 1272 Barrington Street both in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Framed and unframed prints and art cards available from the artist or exhibiting galleries.