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

Johnson Square / Derby Ward

Reynolds Square

Reynolds Square

Oglethorpe Square

Oglethorpe Square

Ellis Square / Decker Ward / City Market

Ellis Square / Decker Ward / City Market

Wright Square / Percival Ward

Wright Square / Percival Ward

Telfair Square / Heathcot Ward

Telfair Square / Heathcot Ward

Telfair Square framed in Green

Telfair Square framed in Green

Johnson Square framed in Yellow and Green

Johnson Square framed in Yellow and Green

Wright Square framed in Purple and Rose

Wright Square framed in Purple and Rose

Reynolds Square framed in Blue and Red

Reynolds Square framed in Blue and Red

Ellis Square framed in Blue and Green

Ellis Square framed in Blue and Green

Oglethorpe Square framed in Red and Blue

Oglethorpe Square framed in Red and Blue

Oak with a Ray of Pink

Oak with a Ray of Pink

A New Direction

A New Direction

Olive, Purple, Gray, and Black

Olive, Purple, Gray, and Black

Branches Silhouetted by a Blue Sky

Branches Silhouetted by a Blue Sky

Live Oak with Green Sky

Live Oak with Green Sky

Branches Silhouetted by a Peach Sky

Branches Silhouetted by a Peach Sky

Shining Bright

Shining Bright

Twists and Turns

Twists and Turns

Paths Crossed

Paths Crossed