Canadian birches remind me of my native Scottish trees; they were just one of the many things that made this wonderful new country feel like home. Like me they are a hardy northern species that thrives best in cooler climates.
The work begins with photographing bare birch trunks in the winter. Then, I use a process that sucks the ink from the photo directly into the paint on the canvas. Next, I paint in the foliage on the prepared canvas.
These paintings reflect on the contrast between the solid, unchanging permanence of the trunks and the ever-changing, fleeting foliage.