Fabergé Big Egg by Jannell Turner

The Trees Vote Against Fracking

The trees on my egg for Fabergé are inspired by those from a 1873 drawing entitled "Catskills" by David Johnson, a second generation Hudson River School painter. I was intrigued artistically by the shape of two trees against one another with such opposite gestures -- one bending backwards, one upright. I elaborated with mine by adding branches and a lush canopy of leaves on the upright tree that extend across the other side of the egg. By contrast, my bent tree extends with a barren branch. To me, these trees speak of  today's threat of fracking in the Catskills,* Who wants radioactive waste trickling into the soil and polluting our New York drinking water? ** How will fracking affect our wilderness?