Sometimes the inspiration for art comes from an unexpected source. My
father-in-law was cleaning out some of his books and gave me one entitled
“Inside Wood,” by William M. Harlow. It is a slim book, but dense reading
(unless you are into wood technology). However it has some fascinating
photographs of the microscopic structure of wood. The cell patterns and shapes are
amazing, and each tree species has its own characteristics.
This series of seven art quilts depicts several aspects of trees. Since the photographs were
all in black and white, they allowed me to add color as I liked.