Term of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Art

Committee Chair

Patricia Walker

Committee Member 1

Bruce Little

Committee Member 2

Tiffanie Townsend


The changes found in the growth patterns of trees, as they are impacted by their environment, can be seen as reflecting the journey that one progresses through over their own life. This thesis is the result of inner revelations that led the author to create a series of images that depict connections made between the movements found in trees that can be paralleled to the stresses in our own lives brought on by circumstance and experience. Correlations between human experience and nature are illuminated through the discussion of color usage, composition, historical art reference and development of personal artistic techniques.

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