Artist’s Statement July 2020 I started painting on copper in 2008 when we replaced the roof on our home and the roofers cut the copper flashing into small rectangles. I was entranced with the abstract beauty of the patinas that had occurred over time. The scraps inspired me to paint on the copper, the subject of time and nature how it changes everything. I painted from old photographs, depicting my ancestors and others, onto the copper, ghostly and rather haunting work. As the years passed my work evolved to become more playful and I used the copper as a canvas where I could experiment with my own patinas and break away from my time obsessed work and turn to other subjects. I love the play of light on the metal and the surprise of how the patinas change the copper. In the past few years I have been exploring the subject of the forests, the light that filters through the trees, the beauty of the woods that face a constant struggle against the forces of human needs and climate change. Recently I read, The Overstory by Richard Powers. His novel is about the impact of humanity on the trees and the old growth forests. He discusses at length about how the trees have their own system of communication, how they actually send out microscopic molecules, to each other, to send messages to protect themselves from disease. The forest speaks its own language. This is what I am trying to illustrate symbolically with my work, the magic of the forest, the fact that the trees have their own language and how we must never lose sight of their beauty and the history that surrounds us in the old woods.