Red Oak Leafing Out
In size and style, “Red Oak Leafing Out” (20″x16″, 2022) differs markedly from most of current body of work. Instead of interpreting an entire landscape in a large-format wool felting, here I focused on a single tree branch in the warming Appalachian springtime.
“Red Oak Leafing Out” is based on a reference photograph from my 2012 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. As I walked through the southern forests, signs of spring slowly started appearing and the gray forests began turning green again. I enjoyed the experience of walking north with the springtime, prolonging the season.