|White Oak, photo by Starr White|
|Tulip Poplar, photo by Starr White|
|Holly, photo by Starr White|
The smooth, mottled skin of the holly tree.
|Dogwood, photo by Starr White|
|Sweet Gum, photo by Starr White|
|photo by Starr White|
|Eastern Red Cedar, photo by Starr White|
I find that the older, more mature trees are more beautiful to me; their gnarled and rugged bark showing the effects of age and years upon this earth. Is it because that is where I am headed and I am trying to get used to the idea? Would I have felt this way 20 years ago? As I age, I appreciate more and more the rich beauty that only comes with age - the lines, the wrinkles, the scars, the fissures. I am no longer bewitched by the smooth and perfect - the shiny and the new.
And I am also amazed at the variety of surface and texture that is just in my small patch of Earth. Why was this incredible variety necessary? How and why did each tree develop its own unique skin? How does the texture of each one serve its owner?
My hope, as an artist, is to be able to re-create these beautiful textures in textiles. I want to study and explore each one and experiment with how to express the feeling I get when I look at them. I want the viewer to see their beauty as I do; to feel that their beauty has been earned by years and years of living and growing and becoming what they were destined to be. Perhaps I want to see myself reflected in these beautiful beings, or them in me.