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As I looked at the poplar leaves on the Boise River path they seemed to offer a beautiful analogy of the concept of impermanence. The cycle from green leaves fallen to dusty skeletons of leaf veins were arrayed before me. Since I feel intimately engaged in the aging process, I decided to contemplate the decay of the leaves. A series of 24 painting followed. Poplar Leaf 2 uses the same leaf paintings as Poplar Leaf Study 1, but adds patterns, sketched images, and words to the backgrounds/negative spaces of the paintings. The words are quotes related to leaves and my own thoughts regarding what was happening in my studio and life at the time of making the paintings. Both book versions are availalbe on All paintings are 7" X 7", acrylic on paper.

(some of the work in this project is available for exhibition or sale — contact
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