I started daily walks during the pandemic and found myself addicted to the routine as I wandered a 2 to 5 mile radius from my home. After passing four bakeries with a small backpack, I redirected the route and was soon passing the grounds of the art gallery, the city’s rose garden, and a wonderful small arboretum. The trees were breathtaking. I had gone in spring for the Japanese tree peonies in bloom but kept walking this year to discover red horse chestnut trees blooming and a whole array of trees that were unusual for Kansas City. After I tacked up countless photos in my studio, trees became the inspiration for my latest collection. Designs include spring flowering trees, textured barks that are almost a solid print, graphic two-tone patterns of acorns and branches, scattered leaves, fig tree, mixed pattern of leaves and berries and the horse chestnut that started it all. Hope you enjoy. 

By Martha Negley