Valerie Cohen: “Tree Lines”

Black and white tree art

Valerie Cohen’s exhibition Tree Lines corresponds with a forthcoming publication of the same name from University of Nevada, Press. Artist, writer, illustrator and environmental activist, Cohen is a renowned watercolorist and draftsman. This exhibition presents pen and ink line drawings of pine trees growing at or near the timberline in the Sierra Nevada and White Mountain Ranges of Eastern California. Cohen draws the geometric form of each tree she’s chosen to represent, but she also reveals how it grows, and where, and how cold the wind is, and how many hundreds or thousands of years the tree has been alive through the thoughtful addition of her own artist voice.