Here in the Northeast, as winter gives way to spring, I'm seeking every sign of color in my environment that I can see. When the sap is rising, things are slowly warming up. Color starts to show in the very tips of the trees, usually a reddish tinge, but can also appear orange, or yellow depending upon the tree species.  The evergreens are really pronounced in their vibrancy at this 'change-time' of year, contrasting with the reds in the tree tips, as well as tips of shrubs and brambles coming back to life.  All this color plays out against the silvery pearl gray-blue skies, and the deeper grays of old stone walls. The electric lemony-greens of new grass emerging from the edges of golden dry grassy fields are exclaiming notes in the chorus: "Spring is coming, spring is coming!" This piece is on gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

- Roxanne Steed

Sap Rising

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

20" h x 16" w x 1" d
1 lbs. 12 oz.



Roxanne Steed
Mystic, Connecticut

Getting to Know Roxanne

Some paintings have the power to draw a person from across the room. Those are the artworks that Roxanne Steed loves the most. For her, the two best things about a painting are color and texture. To add interesting edges to her paintings, she uses everything from a palette knife to a squeegee. She loves celebrating the beauty of life and enjoys gardening — including “therapeutic weeding” — and planning where to travel next. She has traveled to Ireland for many years to paint.