This Painting was inspired by scenery in central California, Santa Cruz mountains, which is only half an hour from where I grew up. This area was very drought-stricken for several years and a lot of trees died or partially died. The one in the painting is a madrone (called arbutus in the northwest) that had partially died from drought but made it through in the end. They are beautiful sinuous trees that shed their outer bark every year, revealing new bark that looks a lot like smooth skin.
The red berries are a shrub called Toyon.
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2016, 9.5 x 7 feet, Oil on canvas