Gallery > Current Work

Leaning In
Watercolor
32" x 58"
2016
Daisies
Watercolor and Graphite
9" x 12"
2016
Coneflower
Watercolor
62" x 31"
2016
Posted
Watercolor and Soapstone
18" x 24"
2016
Perfection
Watercolor
22" x 22"
2016
Fireweed
Watercolor
12" x 18"
2016
Sweeping Forest
Watercolor
21" x 22"
2016
Night
Watercolor
23"x23"
2016
Thistle
Watercolor
51" x 39"
2015
Anomalous Aspen
Watercolor
80" x 44"
2015
Energy Transfer
42" x 70"
2015
View from Above
Watercolor
12" x 12"
2015
Cubed
Watercolor and Graphite
15" x 17"
2015
Energy Release
Watercolor
15.5" x 32"
2015
Improbable Existence
Watercolor
108" x 43"
2014
Detail of Improbable Existence
Watercolor and Graphite
108" x 43"
2014
Detail of Improbable Existence
Watercolor and Graphite
108" x 43"
2014
Lower Extremity
Watercolor
20 x 16 x 10
2014
2014
2014
Tree Cavity
watercolor, bark and graphite
60" x 44"
2014
Scar Tissue
Watercolor
44" x 21"
2014
South Fork Inversion
Watercolor, Bark
75" x 41"
2014
Mile Marker 2
Watercolor and Bark on Paper
85" x 44"
2014
Benign Growth
Watercolor and Bark on Paper
53" x 29"
2014
Tree with Paper
2014
Tree with Paper
2014
Tree with Paper
2014
Hand manipulated photograph
35" x 20"
2014
Curious Remnants
Hand manipulated photograph
23" x 13"
2014
Bracket Fungi
Watercolor
63" x 25.5"
2013
Bracket Fungi Detail
Watercolor
63" x 25.5"
2013
Kudzu
Watercolor
2013
Elm, Looking Down
Watercolor
29" x 23"
2013
Weeds
Watercolor
74" x 43"
2013
Weeds Detail
Watercolor
74" x 43"
2013
Weeds Detail
Watercolor
74" x 43"
2013
Renewal
Watercolor
66.5” x 28”
2013
Renewal Detail
Watercolor
66.5” x 28”
2013
The End and the Beginning
Watercolor
43" x 41"
2013
Rock Tripe
Watercolor
43" x 41"
2013
hydrangea, deadheading, pruning
Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Mylar
31 3/4" x 24"
2013
3,576 Steps
Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Dirt
15.5" x 13"
2013
Usnea
Watercolor
16" x 64"
2013
Chimney Rock Fern
watercolor
22" x 30"
2012
Lichen
watercolor
22.75" x 18"
2012
Lichen detail
22.75" x 18"
2012
Queen Anne's Lace Bud
watercolor
9 1/4" x 7"
2012
Unfolding Leaf
watercolor
7 3/4" x 10"
2012
Green and White Hosta
watercolor
20.5" x 15"
2012
A Walk at Big Ivy
watercolor
9"x10.5"
2012
Emerging from Bubbles
watercolor
4.5" x 6.5"
2011
Cane Creek
watercolor
5" x 12.75"
2011
Floating on Cane Creek
watercolor
7.5" x 6"
2011
Reflecting
watercolor
6" x 6"
2011
The French Broad
watercolor
14" x 18"
2011
Ginkgo Leaf
graphite
2010

Every day I drive past a tree that has been carved and sliced to make way for a power line. Its branches no longer grow on its left side. And every day I slow down, fascinated, past this tree that continues to grow as if it only ever had a right side.

There is a negativity that surrounds talk of overpopulation, global warming, and interference with forests and the natural landscape. There is no doubt that humankind has altered the world outside of our four walls, but rather than our destruction, what I am interested in is the ability plants have to survive. My paintings focus on the natural cycle of death and growth, adaptation and sustainability that is constantly occurring in the natural world despite our interference.

This series of work always begins outdoors. The face to face interaction of nature and myself is a very important part in creating my work. In some cases, the research I have been doing on the species in the environment surrounding my home will inspire me to hunt for my subject so I can see it firsthand. This is especially true in my newest work which is focused primarily on the floodplain of the South Fork River near my home in North Carolina; one of the most polluted rivers in the country. I am interested in the damage caused as the river floods and the pollutants enter into the scars of trees caused by animals and humans.

In many of my paintings I use negative space to represent part of a tree or plant that no longer exist or that have succumbed to its host. In those negative spaces I have begun to include real bark which is a delicate process of soaking and peeling. This added layer is a literal interaction of nature and myself while alluding to the destruction we cause. My intention has always been to represent the outside world in a positive and powerful manner.

Michelle Podgorski 2014