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The Twisted Tree piece is made with a fine black pen on white mixed-media paper. Each piece comes sprayed with a light coating of fixative for extra protection. This comes custom framed in a rough wood black frame with premium museum quality glass.


The words included in this piece are: 


"I am the twisted

tree & 

the twisted tree

is me"


About this piece:

I am endlessly drawn to the way trees resemble healing, bending, reaching, breaking, and more in their bark, roots, and branches. There is nothing linear about trees. I am especially drawn to the ones that have more extreme twists and turns. They tell a story of adaptation, survival, creativity, and overcoming harsh winds, storms, and more. They find ways to remain resilient in harsh conditions. Their roots are often deeper and they always - to me - appear to be dancing. I am drawn to their wisdom and I include them in so many of my art pieces. In my own life, I have always felt like a twisting tree - constantly bending and adapting. I'm not sure I would have survived if I couldn't break away from stories, experiences, and environments that were toxic or unhealthy. Trees like these remind me that I'm not alone in living a life that is constantly adapting, twisting, bending, and reaching in new places. 


About the artist: 

I have been drawing my whole life. In the midst of so much change growing up, art class was always one of the safest places. Having gone to 12 different schools, carrying an extremely sensitive heart, and being gay/queer (aware since 7th grade), safe places to express were crucial. Beyond art class, I would hole up in my room and get lost in sketchbooks. I would design worlds - places that were open, expressive, colorful, playful, magical. There was always a sketchbook nearby and every blank corner of every homework assignment or quiz would be covered in miniature doodles. My artmarking has always helped me lay down "I hope they like me" performing, harmonizing and space holding, and chaos navigating - at home, in school, in peer groups, and alongside a hurting (+ beautiful) world. I won numerous art awards in my younger years and studied fine art and graphic design at Palomar College (AA in Liberal Arts with emphasis on Fine Art and Graphic Design) and Metro State University (BA in Art, Design & Entrepreneurship). Artistic expression is central to all aspects of my work. I have assisted an uncountable number of individuals, non-profits, and businesses in concept, logo, and campaign design. My multi-dimensional "Walking Artist" process is primarily informed by the people I walk with, the landscapes I move in, and an always mysterious inner journey. Every walk I take comes with a blank canvas. Unhurried movement significantly increases my capacity to honor, listen, and nurture my imagination.  Unhurried movement helps me witness, invite, and honor the hard, the painful, the good, the awe-inspiring, the basic, and the profound.  


Pricing & Specs:

  • Price is determined based on number of hours, detail work, and planning/curation process.
  • Price includes the cost of high quality custom framing ($250).
  • Price does not include shipping (see shipping note).
  • Frame size: 16 L x 14.5 W x 1.3 H inches

Your purchase helps to support all of my creative projects moving through Intrinsic Paths (walking invitations, meditative practices, WALK book events, Pedestrian Dignity project, Movement Weaving partnerships, gifted artwork, and more).


Intrinsic Paths patrons receive free or discounted shipping on original pieces + gifted prints/stickers. Willow (5% off), Hawthorn (10% off), and Mother Tree (15% off) patrons receive special discounts on original artwork. Click here to learn more about becoming a patron.

twisted tree - original

  • I am mostly based in Denver, CO. If you are in the Denver metro area, we can coordinate a pick-up/drop-off of the original piece if you wish. If you are outside of the metro area and/or if you would prefer this item is shipped, please plan to budget for an extra $45-$55 (domestic). I am not shipping original pieces internationally at this time. We will handle shipping cost details separately. Once you purchase the original, please reach out to me by texting (720) 263-0227 or emailing jonathon (at) intrinsicpaths (dot) com to coordinate shipping.

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