For Suze Woolf, watercolor painting goes far beyond technique. “For me, painting is about something beyond the image itself,” she says. “There’s an idea driving what I’m doing—a visual idea, an intellectual idea, or both. I want to have some meaning beyond what looks nice on the wall.”
There’s no better place to see this ideal in action than in Woolf’s watercolor tree paintings of burned or charred forests. Here, she combines her passion and concern for the environment—climate change and increasing forest fires in western North America—with her love of color, light and shape. “I started by painting landscapes of the burned forests, but then realized that the part of these paintings I found most compelling was the charred bark, as well as the shape of the bare trees,” she says.
View a few of her provocative tree paintings below, and learn more about her watercolor painting in the August 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist, available now in print or as an instant download at northlightshop.com, and on newsstands June 16.
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