Palm Desert II, Oil on Canvas, 40x30", 2020
I painted this after visiting Palm Springs and Palm Desert and being mesmerized by palm tree reflections in the pool - a beautiful and calm oasis fabricated for our enjoyment.
The palm tree is painted upside down literally and figuratively reflecting an inner conflict between observed beauty, serenity and unease I felt in using so much of the natural resource - water for fake environments.
While painting this palm tree I allowed the paint to drip, and added multiple thin layers of oil paint. The branches almost disolve into the pool as their reflections get farther away from the sky.