“I have always been amazed by apple trees in the springtime. Their stunning journey from bud to flower to fruit, each step beautiful in its own way. I remember vividly, some of my very earliest memories actually, blossoms falling like snow in my back yard. It’s also interesting to me that apples are a part of the rose family. I love that this particular type of crabapple, a Brandywine variation, shows that fact particularly well. Like a glorious tree full of roses!
The survival of this particular tree, and the patch that it lives in, is also something of a miracle. In 2010 a powerful tornado ripped through the Ohio arboretum where it lives, uprooting thousands of world class tree specimens as well as some of the surrounding buildings. The earth wiped bare probably not much more than about 100 yards away, this beauty and its neighbors stood their ground. Granting us more springs of abundant splendor. I plan to be a witness to those and, more importantly, to distill and convey the feeling of actually being there in the imagery I create.”
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