Subject: A Hemlock Tree, A Birch Tree and a Swallowtail Butterfly Dimensions (inches): 23 x 30 Medium: acrylic on Masonite Description: Occasionally on my hikes I have encountered trees whose roots were intertwined, but this was the first time I found two trees of such opposite species so permanently connected. One is a hemlock, which is a conifer, an evergreen with a very dark thick and rough bark. The other, a birch tree, which is deciduous and has a very thin, light colored bark. The roots were intertwined in a way that made them appear to be trying to hold hands. While I was working on this painting, I found a wounded swallowtail butterfly in the same area. I took it home and placed it on my painting. The colors looked good together and this fragile life form seemed to echo the delicate relationship of a mixed marriage.
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