Greg Thatcher on Yew Trees
We never know what will inspire and move us deeply and plant the desire to follow a creative path. We need to be awake to what inspires us and most importantly, be open both internally and externally.
My connection with trees began in the 1990’s when I felt what a tree was experiencing. The tree in question was projecting fear as it perceived that I was trying to harm it. This experience changed my understanding, perception and ability to communicate with nature. Plein air work has grown out of this. To work plein air over an extended period allows me to capture the personality and grace of the yews. When I am asked why I draw them, I answer that I have to tell their story.