In late March, I went for a long walk at the Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick. Throughout the winter, I had found myself particularly focused on the only green growth to behold, the pines. I had never been so visually arrested by them in the past, and looking back, perhaps I had taken them for granted. But not now. I found myself rather fixated on observing their shapes, their sweeping clusters of needles, and the endless broken points where branches had once flourished. So much history in each tree.
In Broadmoor, I came upon this one enormous tree and was overwhelmed with its presence. I stood very close to it as it towered like a sentinel in a cathedral of pines. Despite all the other trees around it, it seemed so alone. Back in the studio, it took much longer than I had anticipated to complete “Soliloquy.” Endless branches, needles and bark to recapture.
I will never forget my flood of emotions during my encounter with that pine. I seemed to be looking into a mirror of our isolation.
Copyright © 2020 C.J. Lori
C.J. Lori is an oil painter living in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her work reflects her interest in literature, anthropology and psychology, as well as an abiding fascination with the natural world. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New England, and in New York and Chicago, including the Danforth Museum in OFF THE WALL, and Figure, Fantasy and Illusion, Selections from the Arthur S. Goldberg Collection. She won first prize in Paint!, a national exhibition at the South Shore Arts Center. Ms. Lori is represented by 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, Massachusetts and Array Contemporary in Boston.