Acrylic on Birch Panel
This painting depicts a scene of three figures in a field at sunset, with a dead tree on the horizon and a living tree in the foreground. The title points to the dead tree as a metaphor for an old model of a family tree and the live tree as the reborn family tree. Having cut ties with her entire biological family after a painful past, Rachel gained custody of one of her little brothers and raised him as her oldest son – and the oldest brother to her two younger biological sons. This new family tree is represented by the stronger, living tree in the field, and the three figures in the field represent her three sons, who are bonded by love as true family. The dead family tree is remembered on the horizon but fades to the distance.