I chose painting with leaves and organic matter, to pay homage to the beauty that surrounds us in its natural forms. The colors of the leaves become visual ques that resonate deeply in our psyche. For hundreds of thousands of years and generations of ancestors, these colors delighted our eyes. In the past just as today when viewing the canopy of tree at its height of color in the fall, this sight still inspires awe. The colors sooth and excite our visual sense. The colors make us feel as if we are looking at the truest of shades. For we are viewing the colors and shapes of life itself. The patterns, textures and many forms, from which nature provides, are timeless. For our eyes have always laid our gaze upon these shapes and forms. The shapes nature created, are the world as it was meant to be seen. The leaves express how we look at the natural world in abstract as well literal ways. For we gaze upon the trunk (literal), then a single leaf and then the canopy, the canopy being the place where the abstract begins. For our eyes can not see thousands of individual leafs, so we gaze upon them all. Then with the shape, color and light, our eyes are bathed in the beauty of the abstract design they create. Connecting us to a time and place where we feel grounded and embraced by nature, feeling once again our place in the universe. A remembrance of where all things began. Reminding us how interconnected we are with the natural world. If not for the tree to thrive and bless us with its leaves, then in turn she releases those leaves, to fall to her mothers bed, and then to break down and be reclaimed in that complex circle of life. So something anew can grow and prosper in the soil from which this and thousands of other leaves have given there existence. Then, for what grows from the earth, shall provide us with nourishment, both physical and spiritual. Showing, and reminding us that we as well belong to this circle of life, we are connected to the leaf, to the tree, to the land, and to all people who live on this planet. So we must cherish nature look to her beauty with awe and reverence, never forgetting to understand her and our vital and critical role in her success. For her and you, are part of the circle.