Melanie Vote painting: After the Fall, 2017,oil on paper mounted on panel

After the FallĀ (2017)
oil on paper mounted on panel
8.5×12 in.

This painting started in western Iowa, during the Summer of 2016. For a few weeks I was painting this massive centennial Maple tree from observation.
The vegetation underneath, protected by its shadow, was lush and untouched.
It was a place for people, birds, insects, and rodents to gather.

One day, a truck arrived.

In a few hours, the sun was intense, branches all around and only a stump was left.

In an instant the sense of the place completely changed and my feeling with it.

This piece is currently available through Abend Gallery in Denver an online through there Artsy page: