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Heirs of the kingdom is about inheriting the canopy and thus the light. The beech Myrtle eventually rotts in the rainforest conditions and falls over but to avoid this being the death of the tree it shoots up saplings from the root stock which if favourable placed will inherit the light when the main trunck falls. Here the shoot on the righ t will inherit the kingdom. Also in the root areas you can count many generations of main trunks - thus these trees are very old and genetically the same stock. This is an Oil painting - painted on site in 1999. It is 800mm x 1200mm large.

This painting became the architype for the Figure in Landscape series (Now at N0.25)This is an aproximate location - it was worked from a drawing done on a house boat and worked into a painting. Painted in 1981 the work is 4 feet x 5 feet. The architype is a single tree trunk placed centrally with a rising backgound or a rock background. This changed to a Portrait format with Figure In Landscape No 2. They are so named because of the sculptural and human metaphores the tree trucks suggest. Follow my other images to unlock teh scope of this series.

This painting is called Egeneto - Beginnings or become. It is a small Beech Myrtle the is one of many new trees growing where a large tree has recently vocated the canopy (fell down) The tree grows with its roots in the air, you can pass your hand under the tree, to avoid it rotting away in the rainforest litter. It is an Oil Painting painted in 1999 on site. 800mmx1200mm


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