In 2011 I was invited to participate as an artist, in "48 Hours of Making Art" at Lake Erie College. Walking the campus paths near the gallery, I saw that there were not only a great variety of trees; but also was attracted to their beauty in unique dimensional scars, highly textured bark, and tentacle roots. When I found this tree, I knew I had to celebrate its unique characteristics. The use of black forged steel in a sculptural
manner echoed the shape of the formed scars. Brass circles enhance the forms, serving as virtual jewels. I manipulated these materials into intricate and organic shapes, sinuous line, surface and form. Installed in the tree's roots, it challenges the viewer to become aware of their surrounding environment. Open your eyes to nature, and you might be rewarded in what you find.