This artwork is a three-dimensional scratchboard with black and tinted inks on two separate boards mounted together.  The base of the artwork is a an 8″ x 8″ x 3/4″ cradled board.  On top of the cradled board is a 5″ x 7″ board that is slightly raised giving the art a three dimensional effect.  The sides of the cradled board is painted in matte black paint mirroring the black of the center board.

The art depicts a barren tree in white on black and extending out to a reversed tree in black on white.  Several red and yellow cardinals sit on the tree branches.  

I was inspired to do this drawing by the view from the window of my studio in south Boulder.  Throughout the day I watch birds and squirrels foraging in the branches of the trees and bushes.  Even in the dead of winter, animals live among the trees in Colorado.  

I was also inspired by Japanese ink brush paintings of mountains, gardens, and trees.  I tried to capture the details in the tree bark and the random shape and direction of the tree branches.  

This drawing received the "Fine Feathers" award ribbon at the Boulder Art Association December 2022 Art Exhibition