Marlene Rye explores the concept of wilderness and childhood through her magnificent oil paintings. Her book, published last month, “Intimate Immensities / Intimate Places” explores how children connect with the beauty and mystery of nature. You can check out Marlene’s work on her website.

Marlene Rye“Travel in your mind back to a time as a child when you were in the “wilderness”: backyard, vacant lot, roadside, field, or forest. Remember how the world looked as you crawled through the grass, each individual blade becoming a towering tree, rocks transformed into mountains … See a field, feel the openness of the air and the closeness of the warm ground beneath, expanding and contracting the space at the same time. These sensations are at the heart of my work.”