I’ve been reading about how some shamans use the image of a tree in order to access different levels of awareness. The power of trees shows up in many of the world’s ancient religions, from the Bodhi Tree that the Buddha sat under; to the World Tree, Yggdrasil, of the Norse myths (which resonates the most for me); to the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Trees have always seemed sentient and magical to me. It seems it’s time to start bringing them into my art.
This tree, in particular, is inspired by Idunna, the Norse goddess who is the keeper of the tree of golden apples which bestows immortality on those who eat from it. It was also inspired by the artist Klimt.
Painted in Photoshop using a graphic tablet, then adjusted with filters.