The Gift of the Elm

From Death to Life: The Gift of the Elm

40”H x 30”W x 1.5”D  |   Acrylic, elm bark and mixed media with resin on wood panel, ©2018

This painting is held in a private collection.

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“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life…A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live…

Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

Excerpt from Hermann Hesse’s ‘Wandering-Notes and Sketches’

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