Treasure in the Ruins | James Piper, Oregon

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Treasure  in the Ruins | James Piper, Oregon
Douglas Fir | 4.63 x 5.75 x 4.25 in/12 x 15 x 11 cm

“Treasure In The Ruins” pays homage to the devastation of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. Even the charred remains of a tree encase a treasure untouched by the flames. In exposing beauty from within a severely burned Douglas Fir tree, I honor the resilience of nature and I mourn the historic forests lost to the fury of fire. Yet I am filled with wonder and awe in anticipation of regrowth, as the beauty of Mother Nature will rise again from the blackened remains.

About the Artist:
"Wood has always been part of my life. I was raised in a logging community in SW Oregon, learning about wood and the forest around me as I grew up. In the early 80’s I milled the timbers for the construction of our house from trees that grew where I built the house, NW of Portland, OR.
In 2011 I began woodturning, deriving much satisfaction from making simple, elegant forms.
My association with artists over 40 years, first as a photographer for 25 years, and later as a craftsman, instilled an ardent respect for form and quality that I continually strive to achieve with my work.
Over the last few years my turned pieces have evolved into a pallet for embellishment that often reflects my environmental experiences and love of nature. The evolution of each piece, as it begins to symbolize my conceptual image, is always captivating."

Learn More: www.jimpiper.com