ABOUT THE PAINTING... "The Old Maple" is a painting based on an ancient tree located near my property close to the Ganaraska Forest. This painting was a great challenge for me and frankly it was not a fun job - an on-and-off 2 year laborious process. It required many layers of paint and thousands of small brushstrokes to achieve the detail and golden glow of the setting sun that I was after. I chose not to put any birds or animals in the piece because this old tree was enough. The painting has a striking appearance and abstract quality to it. Over time, an amount of soil ended up in the crotch of the tree enabling some other tree species to sprout - as shown in the clump of shoots.