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Mac Squires

Biography

My drawings on white-birch-tree bark depict the boreal forest that I grew up in and worked in as a professional forester for most of my adult life. I collect my bark from dead and down trees but more recently I have been using pieces that were wind stripped from standing trees and framing the untrimmed pieces in shadow boxes.

My typical forest scenes are developed around the features of the natural medium. I am fascinated with the effects that can be achieved by combining black ink and white acrylic with the natural texture and colour variations of the bark.

I prefer pieces that have rough plated growths and moss and lichens attached. The rough areas become rocks or logs and the lichens and moss become shrubs or trees in my scenes. I represent a wide spectrum of forest conditions in my drawings and sometimes include animals and birds that associate with those conditions. The black of the ink and white acrylic for the trunks of birch or aspen trees are the only two colours that I currently add. All other colours are inherent in the bark and its naturally attached lichens and moss. All drawings are from my memory or created plein air.

Now retired, I can often be found wandering the forest that I love, appreciating its beauty and checking on the development of the stands that are my forest management legacy. As I wander, I gather my raw materials and am always looking for that perfect piece of cast-off bark. I get excited when I see much of a picture already formed in the natural bark design and can hardly wait to get it dried, prepped and ready for me to tease out the complete picture.

I hope that you enjoy viewing my drawings as much as I do creating them.

Mac Squires, R.P.F. (Ret.)