Nearer to My Forest, represents my exploration and discovery of the duality of the forest as a setting for enchantment and danger. Though often silent, seemingly stagnant, and motionless, the forest becomes a place where dramatic events can unravel. The unseen can become legend, and the seen can become a powerful deterrent or warning to anyone entering. What is found can allude to fairy tales and memories of childhood. The forest becomes a place where time is ambiguous, as one remembers the past, sees the present, and wonders about the future. The landscape no longer represents innocence. It represents an idealized place and an elevated or deflated object. The forests represent only itself despite decades of forced relationships to man by contemporary artists. My work returns the focus on the forest, were we are the visitor.