I made the pen and ink drawing that this hand finished digital print is based on while sitting at the top of Bear Mountain, during the late afternoon in late November 2001. At the time my studio on Franklyn street in South Manhattan had some detailed pen drawings of trees pinned to its walls – These were drawings that I wasn’t so much working on as looking at . Although at that time 9/11 was far more than simply a memory in my mind, it was the Hudson river, reflecting the pale dipping sun , that got me . Sitting on a rock, just 40 miles north of Manhattan looking through that cluster of not dead , but sleeping trees it was the cool light that back lit the scene that held my attention and got me thinking about things other than the recent past and the logistics of doing something more than “ surviving” in a city.
At the time I thought I saw the trees , the sky and river in black and white , sixteen years later a little colour crept in while making this piece for Good Nature .