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The Tree of Life

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Size: 9 3/4” x 9 3/4”
48 pages
Hardcover with jacket
17 color illustrations
$18.00

All books are signed by the artist with your choice of inscription.

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recognition for A Tree of Life

"In A Tree of Life, artist Sandra M. Dean offers us a keen reminder of the cycles of life and death through time. Her lovely, detailed drawings depict the yearly renewal of nature. The book will interest all who have an active creative spirit and desire to look at the world with fresh eyes."

Deborah J. Haynes, Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Art History
University of Colorado at Boulder
Author of Art Lessons: Meditations on the Creative Life

"Sandra M. Dean’s luminous drawings go beyond the outer form to capture the inner life and subtle structure of trees. This is a beautiful and awe-inspiring book."

Nathaniel Altman
Author of Sacred Trees: Spirituality, Wisdom and Well-Being

 

A Tree of Life

The ancient story of the regenerating power of life, symbolized throughout the world by the image of a tree, is retold in my artist’s book, A Tree of Life, designed by Marquand Books in Seattle. With its clean, elegant design and minimal text, the layout is reminiscent of a children’s picture book.

A Tree of Life is included in the collections of the King County Library System in Washington State, and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. It is now available for purchase only through this website or at in-person events.

 

Prints from a tree of life

Fig

Archival quality prints of art from my book, A Tree of Life, are now available, produced by Iocolor in Seattle, an associate of Marquand Books. These prints are made using extremely high-resolution scans and the latest in photographic inks and printing technology. Iocolor’s Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer (with a ten-color output) reproduces the most subtle and delicate of gradations with absolute fidelity, with ink lightfast ratings of up to two hundred years. The resulting prints are nearly indistinguishable from the original art and are unequalled for image quality and long-term color stability.

These prints are individually produced by special order from Iocolor, in a limited edition of twenty-five, signed and numbered by the artist. Image size is 12" x 12 ¾", printed on 100% rag, Entrada paper by Moab.

Prints are priced at $350 each, unframed.

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A complete set of all seventeen prints is available, beautifully framed in waxed maple. For pricing and more information about purchasing this full collection, please use the contact form.

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Winter

Late Winter

Early Buds

Sliver of Sun

Welcome

Larger Thoughts

Fine Round Forms

May Branch and Sky

Sun and Leaves

Summer Branch

August

Ripe Borders with Sky

Afternoon Clouds

One More Change

Evening Stars

Winter Arrival

Cyclical Remembrance

The figs from Sandra's garden that inspired her artwork.

More Information About A Tree Of Life

In the summer of 1974, I bought a small house in Seattle, because it was quiet and had room for a garden. It also had an unfamiliar tree in the backyard. It was August, and the tree was hung with soft, sweet fruit. It was an old fig tree, probably planted by the home’s first owners in 1918, Middle Eastern or Italian immigrants, according to the original ownership records I found later in the City archives. I still have not found the origin of the first owner’s foreign-sounding surname, “Bizzaz”.

The fig tree sealed the deal.

I had no idea then that this mysterious old tree would open the door to a new chapter in my art life. I decided to document the tree’s cycle of growth through a series of drawings, and as I followed the changes over a year of careful observation, a deeper level of the tree’s story became much more apparent. When the drawings were complete, I discovered a description the Tree of Life in a book, and realized that I had spontaneously created my own interpretation of a very old story — one that artists throughout the world have told and retold through their work for thousands of years.