“A brief story about this special tree… in early 2015 word had it that a developer was going to buy the land where she sits, and cut her down to build condominiums. How can they do this, you ask? Well, the city only leased the land from a private family. So the family decided to sell the land, but, many of us had a rally there under the tree, signed petitions, and raised money to save her. Well, it worked, as she is still standing, and will be for generations to come, thanks to all the support she received.
The painting is one I created as a reminder that trees are living, feeling forms, with great spirits, and give us so much–like that great air we breathe. This tree is/was very special as it had endured a lifetime only one can guess. What did it see? What and who went there to be protected from the elements? How many families have picnicked under her boughs?
If you study the tree, you will find my signature element of a female figure within her. It is located in the middle of the vee of her two main trunks. You will also see her ‘helping hands’ reaching out to befriend and assist you.” –Ronda