Trees in scripture: A visual and text narrative

I’m currently working on a project that I began last year. Its called Trees in scripture: A visual and text narrative. The seed for this project was germinated in a conversion with my friend Beth who suggested that I consider all the tree references in scripture as a body of work. There are many references to trees in scripture and I was intrigued and challenged to look at them metaphorically and illustratively. 

In one translation of the Bible I came across 105 references to trees in the Old Testament and 11 in the New Testament. This did not include bushes, shrubs, or branches, which in some cases will need to be included in the project. For example, Moses and the burning bush, the dove bringing back a branch to Noah, and the stump of Jesse. 

Using contemporary, visual language as a way to tell the story of salvation through the references of trees in scripture, this meditative narrative seeks to encourage a prayerful reflection and response to God’s story. I hope that it will also allow readers to see anew the many miracles of nature and the metaphoric beauty of trees in this world.

I have decided to produce 52 images and my goal is to have this work published as a meditative devotional book that uses both text and image. The images are my visual interpretations and I hope to elicit creative responses from a distinguished group of writers, scholars, clergy, and other professionals n order to produce an excellent, relevant, and meaningful book. 

Exodus 10:15 14-15 The locusts covered the country of Egypt, settling over every square inch of Egypt; the place was thick with locusts. There never was an invasion of locusts like it in the past, and never will be again. The ground was completely covered, black with locusts. They ate everything, every blade of grass, every piece of fruit, anything that the hail didn’t get. Nothing left but bare trees and bare fields—not a sign of green in the whole land of Egypt. (The Message)

Exodus 10:15 14-15 The locusts covered the country of Egypt, settling over every square inch of Egypt; the place was thick with locusts. There never was an invasion of locusts like it in the past, and never will be again. The ground was completely covered, black with locusts. They ate everything, every blade of grass, every piece of fruit, anything that the hail didn’t get. Nothing left but bare trees and bare fields—not a sign of green in the whole land of Egypt. (The Message)


I've created a wall map to organize the images and to mark the progress of the project.

I've created a wall map to organize the images and to mark the progress of the project.

100% Fig leaves , 2017 water-based media on wood panel

100% Fig leaves, 2017 water-based media on wood panel

August 16-2

My process consists of reflection of the text, a thumbnail sketch, and a watercolour rough. For consistency I've limited myself to 8 different sized- panels which will be repeated accordingly. In order to design the work and accurately re-produce the sketches, I've made small templates that correspond to the actual size.