Margaret Adams Parker

Winter Stream

Woodcut
2007
17 x 22 inches

Although much of my current work deals with religious themes or social justice concerns, every now and then I return to the subject of trees, which hold a lifelong fascination for me. Iím particularly drawn to trees in winter, when the structure of the trunks and the intricate patterns of the branches are revealed. And the older the tree the better: an ancient treeís twisted trunk and gnarled branches bear witness to years of living (not unlike the way our own bodies age). In this woodcut I was interested in the way the old tree in the foreground spreads its twisted branches wide over the stream, in contrast with the vertical trunks of the younger trees in the background.