After a spiritual awakening on Palatine Hill in Rome in 2003, Sevilla Granger has been painting trees as a spiritual connection to ancient wisdom. Her work is not religious but the artist is inspired and challenged by the spirituality of nature and the nature of spirituality. While she has been painting her whole life, it is only for these last 4 years that Sevilla has been studying the process of transforming canvas and paint as a meditative experience. The exclusive use of trees for this exploration provides an archetypal subject and frees her imagination to focus on the translation of this ancient wisdom into graphic form. “Holding my right hand is Amedeo Modigliani, guiding the insightful, figurative side of my work. Holding my left is Franz Kline, upheaving the literal and inspiring the spontaneous drama. Above me is the eternal wisdom of the Hamadryads, informing my vision. Below me is Zen, providing ephemeral strength and weightless gravity.”
The trees Sevilla portrays can mainly be found in California, often in the Monterey/Big Sur area. Sevilla uses the layer technique in either oil or acrylic.
The exhibit “Big, Sure” will be shown at swissnex San Francisco during the following three weeks and can be visited by appointment.
6:30 pm doors open, registration and exhibit
7:00 pm presentations by Sevilla Granger, Artist and Kelly Quirke, Executive Director, Friends of the Urban Forest
9:00 pm doors close
Sevilla Granger lives in San Francisco and works in the vibrant artistic community at the 1890 Bryant St. Studios. She grew up and trained in Asheville, North Carolina and has a degree in Costume and Textile Design (North Carolina State University, School of Design, BA in Graphic and Textile Design). She has been working as a costume designer in the movie industry for several years and is now a textile designer. Sevilla has been painting the natural world for most of her life and continues to have professions in both fields.
Kelly Quirke is the Executive Director of Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) in San Francisco. FUF is a community-building organization that has planted more than 42,000 trees along the streets of every San Francisco neighborhood since 1981 (www.fuf.net).
Prior to joining FUF, Kelly was the interim director of the International Bill of Rights (IBOR) Project. Kelly is also the former Executive Director of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). For seven years prior to joining RAN, Kelly campaigned at Greenpeace.
Kelly has served on numerous non-profit boards over the years, and is currently on the board of directors of the Hunters Point Family, a community organization working with at-risk youth in San Francisco’s diverse and underserved Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. Kelly is active in the San Francisco Bay Area non-violence community, and has been a non-violence trainer for over 20 years. He’s the father of 16 year old Casey and 1 year old Calliope.
Photo: Myleen Hollero