Timberline or Tree line is the edge of the habitat at which trees are capable of growing. It is found at high elevations. Beyond the tree line, trees cannot tolerate the environmental conditions (usually cold temperatures or lack of available moisture). At the tree line, tree growth is often sparse, stunted, and deformed by wind and cold. The tree line is sometimes distinguished from a lower timberline or forest line, which is the line below which trees form a forest with a closed canopy above which they cease to exist.
For this new collection of work, I’m exploring the relationship between high altitude forests and the mountain geology that surrounds their habitat, both sustains and caps their existence. Chromatically colour-rich forests undulate over large scale paintings. Depicting the landscape both above and below an imaginary horizon line. The reflective quality in the works emphasize the processes of nature and interconnectivity of life sustaining resources in mountainous environments from above and below ground. Layered, hard edge paintings filled with luminous abstract painted textures, condense and connect features of the alpine mountainous tundra.