The Pitch Apple Tree (Clusia rosea) is a striking tropical specimen with aerial, body and ground roots. Often compared to the Banyan Tree, which covers close-by forms with invasive roots, in Florida (USA) the Pitch Apple is not invasive. This painting shows the remarkable contrast of the mature aging tree trunk (ochres, deep browns/blacks) and the annual renewal of leaves (bright greens added to jade greens ). The difficulty in capturing the essence of the Pitch Apple Tree is shown in the following preparatory studies (ten examples). image is the male of the species.
None of this work portrays a botanical rendering. Botany is a Science. My work is based on visual observation and interpretation, which arises from a Humanistic, not a Scientific tradition. FRAMED (see following detailed photos) 28" W X 24" H. Study 1 is free with this painting.