GINKGOS & WAXWINGS ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME FALL 2020
Ginkgos are amazing “living fossils” and are some of the oldest species of trees on earth, dating back over 270 million years. There is just one surviving species, Ginkgo biloba, but it has successfully adapted to the urban environment as it tolerates fairly high levels of air pollution. Consequently, ginkgos are commonly seen, and their easily identified, fan-shaped leaves have made a useful artistic motif wherever they are found. I have been wanting to paint ginkgo leaves for a long time and decided to combine this motif with my love of pattern. They make a bright background for two colorful cedar waxwings. The design for the waxwings was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. I made the frame out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.