Bryan Haynes
Above the Beyond

September 17 2020

The work of Bryan Haynes is a marvel to me. Especially his ability to portray trees in an otherworldly light speaks to me in the most visceral way. It awakens a memory I carry within, of another kind of seeing — when the light touches not only the eye but enchants your whole being. What remains, is a bittersweet feeling of nostalgia, speaking of times long-gone and places beyond grasp.

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To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A series of four paintings recognizing the Danforth Plant Science Center’s 10th anniversary and its vision of a healthy planet.