I am very excited to share with Salida the experience of my painted trees. These trees made their debut back in 2005 on Tenderfoot Mountain, during which time I denied any involvement, yet enjoyed the anonymity of creating these pieces I also took pleasure in seeing folks finding their own delight and personal ownership with them.
So, flash forward to 2011, I was privileged to bring a painted tree with a whole crew of Salida folks to the Burning Man festival in Nevada. It was there that I found the voice or the symbol that these trees represent. I posted a plaque at the site which read something like this: Nature is already so beautiful and full of such depth and grace, it is NOT my intention to mask or enhance it in any way.
• These trees which were once dead are now vibrantly alive. It is this rebirth which I wish to inspire
• We as humans all have dreams, visions and ideas which make us uniquely who we are and somewhere along the line these beautiful things may have died.
• As you view this piece I wish for you to visualize the person (or yourself) that you can commit to hear their dreams and breath life back to them in a practical way. Once you have a person in mind, break off a small twig or portion of these trees as a reminder of your devotion to that person
• It is essential that we take a risk in the commitment to move ourselves into a deeper relationship with those we love by speaking and bringing a helping hand to fan the flames of inspiration.
Since that time out on the desert my personal life has gone through some big changes (to say the least) and now I believe that I am to present these painted trees and the meaning that they represent to inspire this town and then to the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this during the lighting of the “Christmas Mountain”, since it is the time when we as a community are all together. It is my intention with this experience to inspire a personal commitment to another. Our gifts to this community can be expressed in a wide variety of ways, some can come as a one time offering or can grow into a lifetime of gifting. The gift is to be personal and creative yet real and practical. No one needs to know what your promise is, only that you have a painted twig that reflects your awareness to those around you.
I am hoping for great creative things to happen with all of us as we move into this next new year. I would love to hear your personal stories of how these trees have inspired you so that I can share them on my web site. Thank you Salida.