I created the collection of paintings called The Sacred Lives of Trees in 2016 for the following reasons:
- to coincide with my rebrand launch during that same year.
- to draw attention to the contribution of trees for wellness and healing.
The second reason is the most important one. In life, just like trees, we encounter storms that give rise to twisting, scarring and deprivation of nurture, yet given time and more favourable circumstances we come right again. Similar to trees, our return to a state of elegance and grace takes time. We don’t expect the natural world to be suddenly in a perfect state after a shock to its system or a period of disarray. Similarly with ourselves it takes time to heal and grow.
"I’m an artist who is committed to putting nature and simplicity centre stage along my path to authenticity."Caroline Cunningham, Artist
During my exhibition of The Sacred Lives of Trees I gave my viewers the opportunity to express how they felt about trees. I heard people speaking for the first time about their own personal love of trees, the healing effects of their walks in woods and expressions of gratitude and joy.
"We don’t expect the natural world to be suddenly in a perfect state after a shock to its system or a period of disarray. Similarly with ourselves it takes time to heal and grow."Caroline Cunningham, Artist
Get More People Talking about Trees
My message about the wellbeing benefits of trees is traveling far and wide. People who follow my work on-line often send me articles they find with regards to trees. Some people send me photos of their favourite trees and one person even invited me to be included in a private video to be shared amongst their friends, featuring a photo of each one hugging a tree. When a photo of my favourite beech tree was featured on national TV weather report a friend told me afterwards that her husband told her that I was on the telly. I wasn’t’ in the photo but interestingly he knew it was my Treedom tree.
I’m not the first to start this conversation about trees and I won’t be the last, I’m simply helping people to raise the volume on their thoughts so that these conversations about trees will gather momentum for the benefit of more people on our planet.
The Sacred Lives of Trees is Growing:
I’ve been creating a set of smaller tree paintings (in acrylic) on board 20 x 25cm to give more choice to lovers of trees and my art work.
More from the Sacred Lives of Trees
You can view the full range of paintings and prints from The Sacred Lives of Trees in my online gallery. I'm here to help you with your selection, let me know if you need some assistance.