I became obsessed with drawing trees when I was a teenager. I took the same approach as I did when learning to draw the human body — trying to understand the structure, the weight, the proportions. But I would constantly get lost in the details, and the results didn’t look convincing. Trees are much too complex to follow rules; each is unique, constantly changing character through the seasons, and I’ve made my peace with that.

Of course I keep looking to see how the masters solved trees. (I recommend Matisse, Félix Vallotton, and Wayne Thiebaud.) But I admit the most important lesson came from watching the TV host Bob Ross: If you want to draw trees, you have to loosen up and be in a good mood.

We released a special edition calendar with high res art prints of some of the most popular ink drawings.

Treetop silkscreen
Available here.

Humboldthain II silkscreen.
Available here.

Großartal silkscreen
Available here.

See also:

Gallery of “Summer” Drawings

Calendar “On the Road”  with selected drawings

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