Snags are a prominent feature in the Georgian Bay landscape. These important habitats stand like totems in this big-sky-exposed-rock place. They represent the transitional space in the circle of life where death and decay turn to nurture and support life. My snag paintings are my way of honouring their significance.
This painting evolved over a long period of time. Maybe it was encouraging me to mimic the slow time of trees. Starting with the shimmering, graded blue, clear sky backdrop, I used carving for depth, texture and highlights in the snag and finally added a birch bark moon to light up her presence.
Unframed, 2" depth birch profile