Creating Art at Cloudbridge

Detail - fern imprint

This is an amazing place to create art.  I have been painting here for almost a year and would like to share a series with you.

“Portraits of Survivors”

Images of large trees emerge through layers of acrylic paint and collage on stretched canvas in my series titled “Portraits of Survivors”.

This body of work was painted in the tropical forests of Costa Rica. I am intrigued by the giants that loom up above the other trees.  They must have been the ones that weren’t cut down through deforestation.  The secondary forest is emerging all around them, but it is slow. It is said that when regeneration begins it can take a century for recovery back to the original state as a primary rain forest.

  The paintings are imbedded with butterfly wings and skeletalized leaves found in the forest. Other collage remnants are stamped prints of leaf venation and ferns on dyed tissue paper.  In the paintings they become the symbols of the living ecosystem dependent on each tree for existence. Through these tree portraits I have focused on the individual old growth trees, survivors of earlier times.

To look at a tree, each with its own unique form and contribution to the forest is to gain wonder about our own individual existence.  “We need trees more than they need us” 

 

Linda Moskalyk

 

Old Man's Beard

 

Reaching New Heights

 

Going Topless

 

A Fine Balance

 

Detail - stamping "How do I love thee, Let me count the ways"

 

Detail - spiraled paper - This symbol is seen in indigenous art and petroglyphs in Costa Rica. I am still looking for the significance of it.

 

Detail - Skeletalized leaf found in the forest

 
 

Timeless Confidence

 

Cloud Stripping

 
 

I Can Move Mountains

 
There are many more trees to be honored through my paintings.

 My goal for this series is to have exhibitions for the awareness of the protection of our forests.   Cloudbridge has been my inspiration and motivation for this initiative.