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A Spring Breeze Still Cold


Item#: 2018SYR05

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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A Spring Breeze Still Cold

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A spring breeze still cold
All nerves beneath the black oak
A new leaf unfurls

Moving through the poem line by line, I guess I could say that I live in the Westcott neighborhood, and I walk quite a bit. Walking in the spring I often notice that there's a kind of chilly breeze. You're walking around and somehow the overall temperature gets warm, but the wind's still cold.

As to the second and third lines, there are all of these books about how tree roots have ways of speaking to each other through the soil, and I like the idea of the nerves within the tree, but also the ambiguity with the person walking past them. We're always waiting for that moment for spring to begin; a leaf coming out, one little bud, it's going to happen at some point.

I chose this haiku because I feel like it speaks to the kind of person I am, or at least the kind of tonality that I like to illustrate in my work. I really enjoy drawing trees, life, and images of nature. A lot of the work I do is in pen and ink, and a lot of natural structures—branches, roots, and trunks—do very well in pen and ink. I feel like the complexity of the roots is visually similar to cardiac vessels or streams running through hills. It's just the way the line moves between, like if you're following a river downstream, or if you're following a tree branch from a trunk's base—it's very similar. Whatever is causing that similarity is what I try to get at, not just visually, but emotionally.