It began with a walk in the woods. Breathing was easier and so was emptying my mind of worry. I recorded small moments in nature so others could share the peace. From a glade filled with ferns golden in the evening light to a tiny flower blazing with fleeting glory. As time went by I realized how fragile all of this beauty was and felt such a need to protect it. I decided to paint my favorite trees- some towering in the midst
of a storm, others quiet in moonlight- in the hopes that they would arouse the same protective spirit in others.
In my studio I lay down many thin glazes of oil paint to create luminous deep surfaces on the canvas, to evoke the fragility of our natural world. The careful compositions help the viewer to focus on the loveliness of each preserved moment of time.
My newest series of paintings are titled Reflect. They began with a discovered branch of a tree(one of our most precious resources), gnarled and twisted. I imagined its life in its former glory. After multiple trips down a local river, I had enough images of beautiful greenery reflected in water (another crucial resource for life on
earth). My quest to join the two together in images, to help others reflect on the beauty and necessity of both is ongoing.
We have great power, you and I. Join me in treasuring our resources so that everyone can enjoy them.

Carin Wagner Fine Art