The rugged landscape of the Olympic Peninsula has long been one of my favorite subjects for my oil paintings. In the woods where I found this tree, everything thing around me was green and alive. It was early in the morning and no one else was up yet. The morning mist was swirling threw the trees giving a feeling of motion even as you stood in place. The odd stance the tree has taken seems to illustrate that sense of movement even in the deep woods. In this work I've used the qualities of oil painting to capture the depth of light & shadow to bring this landscape to life.