Field Studies No. 24, Along the Red Road by Andie Thrams -SOLD!

These pages were made in the forest along the Puna coast's Red Road, on the Big Island of Hawaii. This rural area's lush forests are a diverse mix of native and non-native flora and fauna, growing untamed and wildly interwoven. Wandering there I am dazzled by the heady scent of flowers and damp soil, the visual complexity of huge trees draped with vines, impenetrable understory thickets, with dappled sunlight, and misty rainfall. Native and non-native plants, animals, and people thrive in gentle Hawaii... invasive species often overwhelming endemic lifeforms. What grows is complexly beautiful, even if sadly so. With each leaf I paint, I find myself more deeply woven into these places. It isn't really me observing plants, birds, and trees, as much as it is their energies falling in to me. This is the enchantment of these forests, webs of interpenetrating living beings, in all directions, weaving me deeply and gladly into it all.

Artist Bio

Andie Thrams (b. 1952, Oakland, CA) is a California-based painter and book artist. Her lifelong devotion to creative work in wilderness locations, especially within the pages of her field journals, has evolved into artist's books and paintings held in prominent private and public collections at Yale University and the University of California, among others. Her work is widely exhibited and has been honored by institutions including Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and Yosemite Renaissance. She earned a BA in art practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and she teaches for San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco State University, and more. She is currently at work on two series, "In Forests" and "Field Studies." These projects, which involve both artist's books and paintings, document her experiences during treks on foot and by kayak into remote forests. Andie has been a working artist since high school; she has worked as botanical illustrator, graphic designer, exhibition designer, cartographer, calligrapher, art educator, river guide, waitress, grocery bagger, ticket seller and occasional publisher, as Larkspur Graphics. She lives in a rural town in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada, with her husband.