I know a lot of artists that paint trees have at least one painting called "Tree of Life", so here's mine.
The term "Tree of Life" can be found in virtually all studies of the universe and the human condition.
It means the center of creation with roots to the underworld, trunk on earth and branches reaching towards the heavens; interconnectivity of all evolving species; peace and longevity; hope and eternal strength.
My tree is based on the Royal Poinciana with its bright orange-red flowers that envelope its canopy branches, but I purposely made the tree very stylized. There are fifteen Saffron Finches in my Tree of Life, all doing their own thing.
With all the history and importance placed on the concept of a Tree of Life, I wanted my ToL to have a "wow" factor (as my husband likes to say). Ultimately, this painting makes me smile, and I think that's what life is all about.
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.