The Landscape of Fire

Thumbnail image of Suze Woolf painting

Painting Details

Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper
52 x 15
I have realized that it is the fire-scarring, the chunks of carbonized wood structure, that, for me, are the visual essence of forest fire impact. This particular tree was near the Marble Canyon trailhead in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada. In 2003 I had been set to hike this same trail on a summer trip, but the hut burned to the ground in the huge fires that year -- partly inspiring the entire series.

This painting is part of the America's Parks through the Beauty of Art exhibit touring in the U.S. in 2013.