KAREN HALVERSON (American, b. 1941)
California offers a great mix of native trees — oaks, sequoias, and cottonwoods. The natives coexist with the imported species — silver maples from the East, floss silk from South America, eucalyptus from Australia. Perhaps the variety of both native and exotic trees in California is an expression of the fantasy that anything is possible here.
I see the tree photographs as intimate portraits. I choose my subjects for their character, their beauty, or their eccentricity. I look for a distinctive feature. I get in close, explore the smooth or craggy surfaces, the tree structure, the play of light and moving air. And I work with that most sensuous of elements, color. While this series appears more nature-oriented than my other work, human artifacts sometimes make their way into the tree images as well. "
(Website of Karen Halverson)