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“Sunny Birches” (91 x 76 cm/36 x 30 in.) was a special commission, years in the making. The collector had a clear idea of the subject and colour scheme they wanted, but were searching for that perfect location in the home and thus considering and reconsidering size. Using different pictures in the home as a guideline, they settled on a sunny room in the entrance on the home. A large blank wall meant there were few limitations in terms of size.
The guideline for this piece was: birches and lots of sun! When I work on commissions, I ask many questions at the start of the process including if there is a certain mood, feeling, or emotion the collector wants to see in the work. In this case, my keywords to focus on were: hope, light, and happiness. I painted the sunlight shimmering through the birch trees with white, yellows, and greens. In contrast to this dancing light are the strong pillars of the birch trees, rendered in their typical crisp black and white. The pathway through the forest floor leads the eye toward the sunlight. Accents, including small yellow flowers of touches of light purples, greys, and browns, lend texture to the forest floor.