Canopy

2008, Oil paint and alkyd on canvas over panel

Canopy shows the sunlit world of the treetops. Terry Erwin, a beetle specialist and chairman of the Entomology Department at the Smithsonian Institution, calls the rainforest canopy “the last biological frontier.” This habitat was uncharted territory until the 1970s, when researchers began using high-tech mountaineering equipment to climb up into it and canopy rafts—made from mesh stretched over inflatable pontoons—to perch on top of it.