“Tree of Life” by Jacqueline Perry, block ink on paper, 2012
Have you ever walked by a tree and thought to yourself, “Tree of Life”. Maybe it was the shape or the gesture it seemed to make with its branches. Perhaps there was something compelling about the location of the tree. As you encounter certain trees on walks or by gazing out the window, which one might represent your life?
My name is Jacqueline Perry. I am an artist and a pastor serving a congregation in the Midwest. In addition to my usual duties I lead art workshops as a way to explore lives of faith. Before I was ordained, I received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University. I have been an art teacher and exhibited work over the years. Living on the Great Plains has awakened my love for nature. I am amazed by nature, art and people.
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JACKIE…SINCE YOU KNOW I’M NOT VERY ARTISTICALLY INCLINED, BOTH OF YOUR SKETCH’S REPRESENT DIFFERENT TIMES IN ONES LIFE. THE GREEN ONE SEEMS TO BE A TANGLE WHERE THINGS AREN’T CLEAR BUT ANXIETY IS AND HAS LEFT ONE A LITTLE TWISTED. THE PURPLE/BLUE SKETCH SEEMS TO HAVE THE FEELING OF HIGH WIND BUT THE MIGHTY TREE DEEPLY ROOTED IS BEARING UP WELL. BY THE WAY, I LOVE THE PHOTO…ANOTHER SIDE OF YOU.
Jackie – In my first interview many years ago, I had to draw a tree in the wind. Michele
Wow, Michele, that is cool…I would have loved that.
Thanks, Jeff. I didn’t realize that more that one tree could represent different view points until I started to do these little drawings. Now when I think of the ‘ideal’ Tree of Life painting (for example), I would try different trees, not just look for one to say everything.
I love the purple tree – it feels serene, as if at dusk.
Thanks, Karen. I walk by this tree in my neighborhood and like really like it.
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