The Studio

Prints of the Treehouse Studio available in the JNFA PRINT SHOP!

WATCH the ‘Inspiration in the Trees’ to see stunning views of the Treehouse Studio!

READ ‘FEATURED ARTIST: JOHN NAPOLI’, a really cool short article about working in the tree

 

Treehouse Studio visits are welcome, and available upon request!

 


 

Why a Treehouse Studio? It was a little over 10 years ago that working in a conventional studio environment (inside, artificially lit) started to feel stifling. What I was experiencing in my life outside of making art was having increasingly greater influence over the art itself. Traveling through life, the ar

09 treehousetwork was becoming a sort of captured record of life experience.

My intention was to find a way to capture experiences in nature real-time. The impact of changing light on the landscape, the continuously changing skies, the look of the world around. I was driven to capture the essence of the unfolding of creation in nature.

I set out to 20130425_185226find a way to work in nature while of course having to consider the elements. How to overcome changing weather, the practical aspects of working on a canvas, managing materials, etc. After some research and sketching design ideas, the Treehouse Studio became more than a notion.

St01 treehousearting with a computer based 3D model, I was looking to create a design that was open so light could govern, large enough to be able to visually comprehend large pieces, and practical where I could store materials and work year round, day and night.

 

5 months later, the Treehouse Studio was born.

20150124_164610-EFFECTSSince that time, my painting days typically consist of venturing up before sunrise, in winter, starting up the pellet stove to warm the oft freezing interior, and then typically a dozen hours of painting ensues. With a panoramic view, facing west across the field, sunsets are 20130914_181748typically spectacular and the entire experience of being 30 feet high offers a vantage point where you merge with nature. You’re living with the forest creatures, watching the wildlife venture across the wild fields while overlooking the NJ mountains off in the distance.Screenshot_2013-01-02-19-45-12
Morning light is intensely colored orange breaking way to mid-day bright light which rolls into the deep pink hues of dusk followed by deep blue evenings. As the light changes, so does the host. The tree feels different every day and seasons 03 treehousebecome more than the punctuation of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The gradually changing continuum of nature becomes apparent on a micro level with each day drawing a bit closer to what comes in the next. There are so many elements that contribute to the overall experience that the ambience is nothing short of magical.

These experiences have altered my palette, caused me to reconsider the format of a painting and how it is 20141029_143636experienced, and helps me capture more than a point in time, more of a flow of nature, a dynamic neo-naturalism.