Come Winter, the skeletal form of the tree is revealed. The strength and angle of the trunk in relation to the movement and direction of the branches lends to it's character. Solid and welcoming with outstretched limbs or lithe with daredevil postures. Each one different. One can see how the American Indians call them Standing People. Ancient cultures have always revered trees, now through scientific methods they have proved them right; we have discovered how incredibly vital they are to our existence and well being. What a magnificent life form. It is a great joy to paint them. I use ink in broad strokes, like calligraphy, to try to capture the tension of the outline, the bold angles and also the more subtle resonances.