In 2009, after hanging a show that included several Sequoia paintings, in the Exeter Courthouse Gallery, my friend Holly and I went to Sequoia and camped and painted for a week. That was a defining moment. I fell in love with the Sequoias.
I discovered that there where many groves within an easy driving distance from my home in Porterville and that I could easily take a day trip to any of them. I started visiting groves, some with easy access and some that I should not have visited alone. Check out my reviews of several Easy Sequoia Trails on the blog page of my website at www.joycollier.com.
The second defining moment was when my friend Linda Lemons from Burford Frames in Porterville said “You know Joy, I see paintings of the trunks of the trees but not the whole tree” and the 6 foot tall canvas was born. This changed everything. I painted 2′ x 6′ trees. I showed them at “1st Saturday in Three Rivers” in front of the Gateway & Buckeye Lodges. They were a hit.
Over the last few years with fire after fire in the Sierras, I have realized how fragile this environment is and I’d like to do what I can to create awareness and supply resources for the protection of these giants found nowhere else on earth.
10% of all sales will be donated to the non-profit foundation for the park that the image was created in. Take a drive and hug a giant sequoia, today.
While showing my artwork at the Redbud Festival in Three Rivers, CA. this year I meet the director and some of the staff of the Sequoia Parks Conservancy . They are the Non-Profit Partner to the National Parks Service in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Actually, I have been looking for this organization so that I can make donations to help the parks when I sell a painting or print and a miraculous thing happened, they directed me towards a brand new website called “Paint the Parks” . As an artist of the parks, I can show my parks related artwork and donate 10% of every sale to the non-profit foundation associated with the park, celebrating the parks and helping to conserve them, what a great mix.
I thought that it was just time to paint this the largest and most popular Giant Sequoia for an all Sequoia Show at Arts Visalia in May 2017, “California’s Giant Sequoias – No Where Else on Earth”. more to come….
In the process of producing a large body of Giant Sequoia works. This is how I start. Nothing fancy. I usually have a collection of paintings at different stages going on at once, then if I get stuck or bored or looking for another element to include, I can focus on something else and let my subconscious find a solution.