Dave Channon

Artist Statement

These paintings are from the Intersections series. In “Emerald Ash Borer”, the creature perches on an ash twig, a common North American tree likely to be exterminated by this half-inch-long cambium-munching insect. Beneath, we see an aerial view of California highways. This perspective draws a comparison between two forces that have spiraled out of control and cause havoc in the environment. American ash trees will likely be replaced in natural forest succession by other more resistant trees. What will succeed our highways after their period of explosive growth is over?
The “Gypsy Moth” caterpillar erupts in plague-like outbreaks every dozen years or so, defoliating entire forests. When an exotic species enters a new territory, it often finds no natural enemies to control its populat

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