In 2008, Shaw's Magnolia was selected for Danny Meyer's Gramercy Tavern in NY, a magical place if there ever was one. My favorite, most memorable meal in my life was here... impromptu after a meeting. I was asked.. "Are you hungry?" What a beautiful question.
Chef Michael Anthony selected 4 or 5 courses in a succession that added up to something way beyond the sum of its parts. The definition of sublimity.
This piece like much of my work is drawn by hand on a computer using a tablet and stylus. I work from hundreds of close up photographs of the tree. In terms of the Shaw's Magnolia, I photographed it from the same spot in the summer and then later in the fall when it lost its leaves so I could see all of the branches. The idea is to draw an outline around every leaf, stem, and branch. I think of the outline as a way to see and honor each part... like a little prayer. Each outline is unique like each leaf.
After the drawing is finished, I decide on the scale and color. It is then printed as a photograph. It is a bit confusing but I consider them drawings, but they are editioned as prints and developed like photographs! Cameraless photographs?