Paintings

Maine Tree Paintings

My Work


Artist Statement

I have spent the last several years painting the trees.  I am drawn to the rhythm of the trunks and the rugged terrain around my summer home in Maine. I walk everyday when I am there, and the route I take brings me up and down hills and through woods. Maine is famous for its craggy coast and the ground is often uneven with granite ledge poking through the moss.  Many of the trees cling to the surface, especially the white pines, which grow so straight and carpet the ground with their needles.  I see them as struggling to hold on, and they represent to me the connection to the earth and nature that is essential.  Other times a grouping of trees, perhaps all having sprung from a single parent, huddle or march together in rows, creating a kind of visual music.

Throughout the year I have spent time in the woods, either here at home or in Maine. Walking in among the trees, I always come away feeling calmer and more centered. I also feel renewed in my desired to conserve and protect the environment, how we so often take for granted that the trees and woods will be there for us. Protecting the natural world is something that I think about everyday. My paintings reflect my joy and connection to nature, but there is also always the undercurrent of anxiety about what is going to happen to the places I love so much.

As a painter I am guided by process, I apply paint by any and all means and will just as often wipe, sand or scrape the board as paint with a brush. At the intersection of drawing and painting, color line and texture are the means to describe what I see and how I connect to my environment.


Upcoming Exhbitions

Newton Free Library Main Gallery

330 Homer St, Newton, MA 02459

May 2-28th

Opening Reception May 5th 7pm

Due to Covid Restrictions, This show was cancelled, however check back for future dates. I look forward to rescheduling this event.

“Plenty”

13Forest Gallery

167A Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474 ยท 781.641.3333

November 21 2020- January 8 2021

I have several paintings in this show! 


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Shannon@Slattery.com

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