In 2007 I travelled to Palo Alto, where the trees grow tall.
Coming from South-Central Alaska, where most trees are short and we have limited species, I felt lucky to see the variety born of a warm climate.
Sketchbook in hand, I spied three towering pines, so close together they looked like one tree. How, I wondered, does anyone fit a tree that size onto a mere piece of paper? This is how my sketching obsession began.
First I drew the bottoms, then I drew the tops. I kept sketching, using different kinds of line, different drawing tools, trying to see the trees in their totality.