Gallery - Saving Paradise: The Arboretum Project 2002

To prepare for the Saving Paradise exhibition, I documented each species for an entire seasonal cycle, noting visual characteristics from bare branches in early spring to the drop of leaves in the fall, and from bud to flower to seed. I researched my trees from various perspectives, environmental, medicinal, cultural, spiritual, and aesthetic, and consulted with the staff at the University of Guelph Arboretum for additional insights. By the time I was ready for the drawing stage, I was thoroughly in love with every one!

My goal with this exhibition was to record my emotions about these particular trees, to present each one at its most beautiful and fascinating, and to be the medium by which the public can begin to love and appreciate what they may never see in nature. No life form is more crucial to our well-being and ultimately to our very survival on this planet than the tree.

All these pieces are wall hangings, made with a variety of fabrics and threads and machine quilted. This exhibition toured to 13 public galleries and private art venues from January 2003 to August 2004.