Woodland Gesture, oil on canvas, 60 x 48

Radiant Forest, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 36 x 36. Collection Toni Yuille


Tell Me a Story, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 36 x 36. Private collection


Golden Forest, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 60 x 48

Bavarian Birch, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 36 x 36


Spoken Birch, mixed media on panel, 36 x 24

Staccato Birch, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 16 x 16

Winter Birch, oil on canvas, 28 x 22


Birch Path, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 36 x 48.

Statement about the Tree Series
Even though the birch trees are recognizable images, I consider these paintings to be process oriented abstractions.  
Every painting or drawing in this series is an opportunity to be experimental and even playful as I lay down the paint or mixed-media 
materials on canvas, paper, glass, or Mylar. Using the dense forest subject as a jumping off point, I have an opportunity for endless
variations of application technique, pattern, and repetition.  Unlike a majestic view from a distance, the vantage point of the viewer is
one of being engulfed by overwhelming similarity.  These are the forests of childhood fairy tales, where one is hopelessly lost. And yet,
there remains a suggestion of the infinite continuity and power of renewal in nature.

Intimate Forest, oil and mixed media on canvas, 30 x 44. Private collection.

Anastasi Endless Forest 3 panel JohnRTomayko

Endless Forest, mixed media on plasticized paper passport photo  folio, 5.25 x 20.25. Collection: John R. Tomayko

Tree Paintings