Tree treasures

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

You will find answers in the forest.

Trees, solid and strong, can give comfort. Gnarled and twisted, they offer wisdom.

Tennessee is predominantly trees with 52% of our landmass covered in trees. Many have been around since our great grandparents, watching silently and having all the answers.

Not one to run low on painting inspiration, I can always turn to the woodlands that surround me. Seasonal colors as well as shadows and light are keen to keep painting subjects fresh. I am eager for the new greens in March then the flowering trees in summer. Just as I’m hitting “green fatigue” in August, the air gets a bit cooler, and color starts to creep into the leaves.

The colors of the bark, textures and long shadows caught my attention as I painted on site trying to capture mystery and answers all at once. We truly have the best landscapes here! Take a peek every day.

The true meaning of life is to plant trees; under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

~Nelson Henderson

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.


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