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This past year I spent many hours walking and running one particular trail in Oregon's MacDonald Forest beginning at the Lewisburg Saddle. I recorded 18 runs (with many more walks unrecorded) from October 16 to April 30, logging over 78 miles in rain, snow, fog, and even a little sunshine. Here I found the time I needed for reflection, renewal, and gratitude for the gifts of this forest wonderland.
In recognition and remembrance - included in this painting is a visual recording stitched with golden threads of the steps taken along the forest path with the journal entries made during this time transcribed and collaged beneath. Showcasing a section of elevation map of the Lewisburg Saddle along Nettleton and Davies Roads, the striations of color follow the contours of the map SW to NE. The story of healing flows over time from sun to moon, ground to sky, soothing the chaos I felt within during this time. Fittingly, the elevation of the path naturally has the shape of a heartbeat - one that I found in rhythm with my own, helping me to relish the small pleasures nature can bring with sightings of nuthatches, newts, coral mushrooms, and horsetails, even on the quietest and darkest days. The hours spent on this path will be carried in my heart now and for all my days ahead.
August 10th, 2021
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