"Cherry" 17x17" oil pastel; Kathleen Faulkner
This is my newest oil pastel. It is one of many in the "Tree" series, which I'll be posting from time to time.
Although cherry trees are not native to this area, they do grow well here and seem to enjoy teasing us with their early blooms. Some around the area are blooming now.
Much of my inspiration comes from the area in which I live. There is magic here and the light is special, too. We are in the midst of the largest temperate rainforest in the world. There's everything from snow covered peaks on down to the salty sea Salish Sea, that is.
Our friend Robert Sund called this area "Ish River country".
One can always tell the tourists by how they pronounce the names of places around here.