I had been searching for a white ash tree for sometime. There are many in the Wienerwald, this is a fallen white ash tree.
I was interested in the black and white along the trunk, contrasting with all the late summer and approaching autumn colours behind. I loved the way the colour white took me into the landscape behind and I wanted to record this sensation.
It has an almost path-like quality which not only takes the viewer into the painting but also the substance of the paint.
I also acknowledge that many of the trees which I choose to paint exist deep within the wood. In turn they provide ‘life’ to the living wood. There are similarities with organs giving life to a human body.
In this case it was a freshly felled ash tree which seemed in turn, to sever part of the wood. Similar to severing the ventricle of a human heart, hence the title.