Trees are planted when children are born. Their branches grow toward sunlight, some branches are lost, new leaves sprout, their roots dig deep into soil, clay, and push rock. They are shaped and encouraged by surrounding trees and structures. A tree's growth is easily seen as a metaphor for our lives, in the decisions we make, our surroundings, communities and families influencing who we become.
I am a printmaker who grew up in a small town with a strong sense of community on the far south side of Grand Rapids. I have continued to make images of the changing landscapes around me as I have called new communities home, to document and tell the stories of these communities.
It is change that brings me to make artwork...