Squares & Live Oaks brings together Savannah’s historical past and the resilience of her live oaks. It’s amazing how General Oglethorpe’s vision has stood the test of time along with the city's live oaks so deeply rooted in the past and present.
The first part of the series focuses on six planned squares General Oglethorpe oversaw while in Savannah. The style of these six pieces was inspired by Piet Mondrian. I used similar grids as Mondrain but filled one of the blocks with a Savannah Square blueprint.
Savannah’s live oaks so captivated me on our first visit in 2014. The Hostess City inspired me by the kindness of her people, history and the natural beauty of her majestic oaks. Three years later, little did I know; this would be a part of my everyday life. The hues chosen are intentionally non-representational to reflect a fresh approach to a centuries old subject. The silhouetted style asks the viewer to focus on the growth pattern of the live oak branches. My intention was to convey that life rarely follows a linear path.
I want to give thanks to the City of Savannah Municipal Archives for their authorization to use the six square grids Oglethorpe, Wright, Telfair, Reynolds, Johnson and Ellis. I couldn’t have achieved my vision without their generous support.
Johnson Square / Derby Ward
Ellis Square / Decker Ward / City Market
Wright Square / Percival Ward
Telfair Square / Heathcot Ward
Telfair Square framed in Green
Johnson Square framed in Yellow and Green
Wright Square framed in Purple and Rose
Reynolds Square framed in Blue and Red
Ellis Square framed in Blue and Green
Oglethorpe Square framed in Red and Blue
Oak with a Ray of Pink
A New Direction
Olive, Purple, Gray, and Black
Branches Silhouetted by a Blue Sky
Live Oak with Green Sky
Branches Silhouetted by a Peach Sky
Twists and Turns