Lichen this healthy means good air quality, as well as a fascinating texture. I created a texture for the bark color from a composite of fallen needles, pebbles, and pinecones, and contrasted that with the lichen layer, created with light greens from textured leaves and grasses, all very alive.

Digital collage art by Liz Ruest

Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 19 layers
Part of the 2010: Growth series


Exhibited at Sightline, Seattle, 2010, and at my first Flying House Sale
Signed canvas print: private collection

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