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The Fire Last Time
As the climate warms, forest fires are becoming more frequent and catastrophic in western North America. All the worst fires of the last fifty years have occured in the last five years. My deep anxiety with the impacts of climate change on wilderness are emerging in a series of burnscape paintings. Burned-over areas of forest are both beautiful and disturbing. Unfamiliar tree forms are newly exposed. Formerly hidden terrain features become visible. Normal greens, blues and browns are transformed.
In this picture I wanted to try combining traditional landscape painting with pyrography (e.g. drawing by burning). The uniquely scorched edges of the foreground trees are beautiful up close. Here, to paraphrase a famous Canadian, the process is the message.