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The Columbus Oak

c. 1483 ---- 1999

The Columbus Oak was a part of my childhood------I grew up near it and it was a landmark whenever we traveled as a family. As I became interested in landscape painting it became an obvious and remarkable subject, and I honestly cannot say how many times I painted it. On May 30, 1999 the unthinkable happened, and this massive white oak, which had seen four centuries come and go, collapsed suddenly. It wasn't toppled in a storm or struck by lightening, it simply chose its moment and split apart, done.

I had last painted the tree the previous fall, but the piece was still unfinished when the tree collapsed, waiting for a few finishing touches. I added them that fall, using a smaller white oak as a subject to add a few clusters of burnished orange leaves.

This is the last painting I will ever make of the Columbus Oak.

Image Dimensions
24 1/2 " x 17 1/2"
Outer Frame Dimensions
34 1/2" x 271/2"
Frame Style
2 1/2" Walnut Burl/Gold Leaf with 2 1/4" Gold Leaf Liner


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In 1995 I created a Limited Edition Hand-Colored Serigraph of the Columbus Oak as part of a fundraising effort to provide needed repairs to the tree. This was an edition of only 18 prints, each one unique, water-colored both under and over the hand-pulled silk screen print. I presently have only 2 of this edition available for sale, one framed (15/18) and one unframed (12/18). Both are double- matted in 100% archival materials. Each has unique coloring and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, an information sheet on the Columbus Oak and my serigraph edition and a laminated leaf from the Columbus Oak.


Hand-Pulled, Hand-Colored Serigraph on Acid-Free Paper
Image Dimensions
10 1/2 " x 9"
Outer Frame Dimensions
22" x 18"
Frame Style
2" Mahogany Burl/ Double Archival Suede Mat
Price Framed
$975.00 - SOLD OUT
Price Unframed
$525.00 - SOLD OUT

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