Forest Floor, Douglas, ON

2020. Acrylic on canvas, 24×60″

Forest Floor, Alice ON

2018. Acrylic on canvas, 60×48

Forest Floor, Alice ON

2019. Acrylic on canvas, 36×30″

Forest Floor

2019. Acrylic on canvas,30×24″

Trumpet Lichen and Pine Needles

2017. Acrylic on canvas, 24×48″

Sea Storm Lichen

2017. Acrylic on canvas 18×24″

Forest Floor, Douglas ON

2019. Acrylic on canvas, 60×24″

British Soldier Lichens

2016. Acrylic on canvas, 60×36″

Pin Cushion Starburst Lichen

2017. Acryilc on canvas, 24×24″

Lichen V

2014. Acrylic on canvas, 48×96″

Hammered Shield Lichen

2016. Acrylic on canvas, 60×36″

Trumpet Lichen

2016. Acrylic on canvas, 48×36″

British Soldiers – Cladonia Cristatella

2016. Acrylic on canvas, 30×24″

Lichen II

2014. Acrylic on canvas, 60×36″

Lichen Cascade

2016. Acrylic on canvas, 40×30″

Lichen (Golden Field)

2015. Oil on board, 11×14”

Forest Floor, Alice ON

2016. Acrylic on canvas, 24×48″

Lichen III

2014. Acrylic on canvas, 60×36″

Lichen IV, Apalachicola, Florida

2016. Acrylic on canvas, 60×36”

Lichen (Alice, Ontario)

2013. Acrylic on canvas, 36×60”

Lichen IV

2014. Acrylic on canvas, 48×48″

Lichen III, Apalachicola, Florida

2015. Acrylic on canvas, 30×30″

Lichen I, Apalachicola, Florida

2015. Acrylic on canvas, 30×30”

Lichen I

2014. Acrylic on canvas, 36×60”

Lichen Leafy

2015. Oil on canvas, 12×16″

Shelf Fungus

2014. Acrylic on canvas, 24×18”

British Soldier Lichen

2014. Acrylic on canvas, 30×30″

Lichen (French River)

2013. Acrylic on canvas, 40×24”

Corals of the Forest

2016. Acrylic on canvas, 60×36″

Trumpet Lichen and Moss

2016. Acrylic on canvas , 60×36″

Lichen (Sunset)

2015. Oil on canvas, 30×15”

“Lichens have been a foundation of life on Earth for millions of years. Lichens consist of two distinct entities living in harmony. Each partner, fungus and algae provide what is needed to survive. Can proud mankind learn from the humble lichen before it’s too late?”

– Symbiosis: Learning from Lichen—Ruth Bartlett

This ongoing series of paintings of lichen explores a micro-universe that grows on the forest floor, climbs tree trunks and limbs and sprawls across rock cuts.

I am a photo-based painter, and these images were captured on hikes in the forests of Ontario: in the upper Ottawa Valley, along the French River, in the Sudbury area and in Haliburton. As well, I have taken many photos of lichen during my winter vacations in Northern Florida and they too have become subjects for my paintings.

I was compelled to make these paintings because I was attracted to the repetitive patterns of the lichen, the variety of its texture and shapes and its infinite detail. By magnifying lichen as a subject for large paintings, I was interested in presenting them as other-worldly and alien, as if they were of another time and place.