Charles completed this small plein air painting last year. I love this piece and, since I'd included it in our most recent website update, I thought I'd feature it here as well.
Besides the obvious attractions of its lush green surroundings and the beautiful effect of all the dappled light, Charles was drawn to this tree by its story. It had obviously been through a terrible storm some time past which caused extensive damage; it had not only survived but continued to grow. In fact it's still thriving, a year or more after this painting was done at a nature preserve not far from our house. ( 11 x 14, oil on panel, 2008 )