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Trails and Trees

Updated: Sep 3


My latest series of paintings is Trails and Trees. I was inspired by the new paths I am taking in my life as a result of the two category 5 Hurricanes which struck my home on St Thomas in the USVI in September of 2017. Because of the damage caused by these storms, I am now living and working in Reedville, Virginia. My "Beautiful on the Edges" series of paintings of the beaches of St Thomas have been put on hold. Many trees were lost and beaches and shorelines changed dramatically. For weeks after the disaster struck, I was unable to focus or paint much of anything. I did find solace in Nature. I also have fond memories of hiking with my friends in the Islands. Many of the trails I enjoy are in the woods. I have always been passionate about trees and they have always been a consistent subject in much of my artwork. One morning while walking my daughter's dogs in Annapolis, Maryland I was thinking of the choices I needed to make in my new life back on the mainland. I recognized the similarities between that and having to choose a trail to take in a new park when I had no idea of what waited around the corner. One of the definitions of a trail is "a beaten path trough rough country such as a forest of moor." There are so many paths to explore. I intend for each painting in this series to represent the many different feelings created by the paths we choose throughout our lives.

River Walk by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 19x21" SOLD

View of the Great Wicomico, Burgess, Virginia

Through The Trees by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 15x30" SOLD ($1400)

Buddy Attick Lake Park, Maryland

The Wide Path by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Masonite Sold

View of Carter's Creek from Weems, Virginia

The Path to Paradise by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 28x34" $2000

Scott Beach, St Thomas, USVI

Kansas Pathway by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 26x20 $1.600

Osage Acres Path in Bucyrus, Kansas

Take Me to Church by Brenda M Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas Sold

Whays Creek Road driveway, Burgess, VA

Going to the Sun by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on canvas SOLD

Compilation of trails in the Unite States Virgin Islands

Creekside. by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 14x18 $1000

The Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus, VA

Truxon Trail by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 18x23 $1,400

Truxon Park in Annapolis, MD

Follow the Yellow Brick Road by Brenda M Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 24x30inches

SOLD ($2000)

The Pine Path by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 16x20 SOLD ($1500)

Trail through the woods on the Northern Neck in Virginia

Leaving the Beach by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas. 14x18 $1400

Trail from the Beach along the Chesapeake Bay near Reedville, Virginia

The Woods by Brenda M Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 24x20 $1,400

Mystic Blues by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 14x18 $1200

Snow Day by the Bay Acrylic on Canvas 16x20 $1200

Path to the Chesapeake Bay

Phantasea Tropical Gardens by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on canvas SOLD

Path through this beautiful garden on St Thomas in the Virgin Islands

Color my World by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on canvas 20x16 SOLD

The Sentinels by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on canvas 24x18 $1200

Leinster Bay Trail by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on Canvas 24x36 SOLD

One of my favorite hiking trails on St John in the United States Virgin Islands

Hewlett Point Trail by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on canvas 20x16 SOLD

Rain on the Trail by Brenda M. Sylvia Acrylic on canvas 24x18 $1600

Deer Mountain Trail in Ketchikan, Alaska

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