Spread 0067 – I Am A Tree

“I Am A Tree”

Vintage and personal images, vintage papers, paint, Adirondack Color Wash Sprays, white and black gel pens, Sharpie poster paint pens.

03 March, 2012

I have always been connected to the earth. To dirt, plants, animals. Growing up on a farm in Montana we had a huge garden, cows, pigs, cats and dogs. My earliest memories are of my Mom plopping me in the middle of our huge vegetable garden in the earth. I remember the feel of the cool earth in my hands and bare feet, the rich smell of the dirt. It is deep in my genes. I have a cherished photo of my maternal great grandparents who were farmers outside their farm.

As a teen I resented the constant cycle of planting, tending, harvesting fruits and vegetables. I remember when I was a teenager telling my Mom “I will NEVER have a garden when I grow up.” Yet the first thing I do when I move into a house is plant a garden of some sort. I have to. I have to feel the earth in my hands. To nest, to have animals. It is the same with art. I have to use my hands. I have to feel the paper, the paint against my skin.

This spread is from one of Orly Avineri’s wonderful classes. As always click on the image to see a full size image.

I am currently in Portland, Oregon soaking up the yummy food and urban vibe.


2018-05-03T13:40:00+00:00March 11th, 2012|Art Journals|5 Comments


  1. Mary March 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Another amazing spread Brian! I had to chuckle when you said you would never have a garden…and new you had to have one. I am most certain it is a thing of beauty as well.

  2. anna March 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    This is a very inspiring and beautiful work of art.

  3. Tati Vice March 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Love the way you made your little self so rooted on the ground. This is very powerful!

  4. Orly March 13, 2012 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Moving art and words. Vulnerability moving into strength.

  5. Rachel Urista March 26, 2012 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Beautiful and SO True! Love the way you write about your connection to the earth…through gardening, dirt and animals. I never thought about it, but art and the process of creating can be just as connective and powerful… Have you seen “Dirt! The Movie” I think you would enjoy it.

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