Trees have always felt like friends to me. As a child I climbed them, read books high in their branches and even hid in them. Many of these paintings are related to childhood memories of looking up and seeing light through tree branches.
I also believe that trees protect the world - and current science says that forests create rain, allow water to enter the soil and stop erosion, sequester carbon, and of course, provide habitat for many thousands of species of plants and animals.
Sydney has magnificant trees, and their forms and light patterns have been my on-going theme for their beauty, the way they create space around us and the sense of majesty they radiate. Most of these are "Tree Portraits" based on particular trees.