"Provocative and mesmerizing! Peter C. Stone's lushly layered paintings transport you into a dazzling dream world."
- Anita Winstanley-Roark, Director, Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts
The Untouchable Tree is about our connection to the magnificence, the transcendence, and the essential nature of trees. Throughout human history, they have served as shelter and as symbol. And today, more than ever, our destiny is tied to theirs.
The Untouchable Tree weaves together prose, poetry, and art in a unique exploration of our relationship with these plants, from the billowy yet delicate black cherry to the majestic white oak. Each painting subtly points to a range of historical mythological symbols, reminding us of the "untouchable," the sacred, within each of us. Stone's intention is to enable viewers to see familiar things fresh eyes in his art as in nature: "In essence, that means allowing ourselves to actually learn from trees, to change the way we view the world and change our dream of how the world should be."
In this book, you'll find discussion of our exploitation of trees for material gain and declarations of our age-old love for woodlands, parks, and forests; reflections on a tree's life cycle; and the historical origins of various species. Sometimes soothing, sometimes haunting, his words and art reveal the many sides of trees with a vibrancy sure to leave a powerful impression long after the book is closed.
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