The journey and creation of “A Tribute” began August 2nd 2001 between the hours of 8:45 and 9:30 a.m. It was an incredibly quiet day as I set up on location to paint a study of my subject. Two gnarled old apple trees stood before me with an expanse of distance behind them. The stillness enveloped me like an invisible dome. The quiet was so pronounced that early morning, that it almost felt surreal. Not a whisper of a breeze was present; only the bright clear sky and intense sun. Sounds of nature resonated clearly. Beside me I could hear rustling in the grass, insect voices zinged and clicked while birds’ wings gently motioned in the air just overhead. With my eyes closed, I could feel the intensity of the quiet caress and soothe my spirit. I left that day feeling an intense calm and great appreciation for the gifts of nature.
On September 9th, 2001, I returned to the same location to take slides of my subject for future reference. While I sat in observation of these two gnarled old apple trees, they became personified. One’s appearance seemed to possess male attributes and the other female. The tree to the right I assigned as female. It was slender and smaller. It seemed to be more decorative, possessing more leaves and fruit. The apple tree to the left was my male version. It was broader and lacked the foliage and fruit of its counterpart. I left thinking about the relationship of these two old apple trees and wondered how long they had stood side by side.
Two days later on September 11th, 2001, the world as we knew it changed with the attack and fall of the “Twin Towers”. The twin towers, icons of New York City’s skyline, disappeared along with the many souls whose lives were sacrificed. Reeling from the immensity of such a violent act the world came to a standstill.
A couple of days later while driving to work, my thoughts and emotions focused on the towers and the dreadful loss of life when suddenly I felt an overwhelming connection between the towers and the two old gnarled apple trees. The trees had stood beside each other for many years, as did the twin towers. The humanness of the apple trees was symbolic of the lives that existed in the towers. Thus, the seed for the creation of “A Tribute” evolved.
May “A Tribute” serve as a symbol of life’s renewal and hope. The cycle of life presses onward, but only now with a higher consciousness and sacred appreciation for life itself. A Tribute is dedicated to all those who lost loved ones and especially to all those who perished in the September 11th terrorists attacks. May their sacrifice to the world awaken our consciousness and propel us to better serve mankind.
Yours Very Sincerely,