|Trunks, 22"x15", graphite on paper|
I have always imagined that our live oak trees here in New Orleans look like huge elephants, with their twisted trunks and weathered, patterned bark. This drawing captures my fantasy - an elephant sniffing out one of the huge trees, asking: "Are you one of us?!" I visited City Park, where many of the trees are over 600 years old, and searched for the tree that had "elephant legs" and the Audubon Zoo to find a willing model. I love the way the elephant's trunk seems to be looking shyly but inquiringly at the tree. This drawing is a part of an invitational show at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, opening this weekend.