‘Fir, Soft and Thick’

Oil on Canvas Board 18″ X 14″


The healing of that greenness is palpable.
You can rest there within the depths of the green, and return refreshed.

Nuzzle into the lush verdancy.


The geometry of the oval brings to mind the feminine attributes of
softness and nurturing;
motherhood, protection and renewal.

Interior Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca)
can grow to 130 feet tall and live up to 400 years.
There is, as well, the Coastal Variety of Douglas-fir which is much longer-lived and larger.

First Nations peoples used the tree extensively:
ate the seeds, drank tea from new shoots and needles,
chewed the dry sap for treating colds, and
used the soft boughs for bedding.

Today it is one of the most sought-after woods for lumber.


~Barbara Brown, from upcoming Volume II, SYLVAN REFLECTIONS, Wanderings, Paintings & Ponderings From the Forest