Tree Branch Path is an archival print of an acrylic painting produced by Lyle Suter in the early 1970s. The scene depicts a forest walking path on a fogy day under the branch of a somewhat mysterious and mature tree. The forest path winds around the tree taking the viewer into the painting. The old tree exudes experience and strength with its thick base and slightly revealed strong roots firmly grasping the dirt below. Clearly, this tree has been here for many years, watching people walk and animals scurry under its most extended branch, the focus of the painting.
The base of the old tree is offset left, moving the viewers eyes along with the branch to the middle of the painting. Once there the painting gains depth with another forest tree further down the path and bathed in the foggy background. A closer look reveals a similarity of both trees and cleverly gives the viewer a fuller view of mysterious old tree in the foreground.
This painting decorated the Suter home for many years and was displayed at the Portrait Preview of Lyle Suter’s painting of Martin Luther King, Jr. on December 1, 1971 at Colonial Savings and Loan in Los Angeles, CA. To see the Tree Branch Path in the MLK Jr. Portrait Preview exhibit in the Lyle Suter Art Museum please go to Professional Artist, number three on drop down list.