Emergent

2011, Oil paint and alkyd on canvas over panel

Emergent 2011 depicts the uppermost layer of an imaginary, mid-elevation tropical rainforest, where the tallest trees emerge into full sun. In this airy part of the forest habitat, 200 feet above the ground, plants and animals exist that are seen nowhere else, and whose entire life cycles are spent in the trees. The trees themselves, mostly evergreen hardwoods, live very self-contained lives—most do not touch their neighbors at all. Species tend to bloom synchronously, though they are usually spaced widely apart—rarely do you see a stand of one kind of tree.