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Nate Orton

"The 109 trees and one stump of Oregon Park"

I started this drawing project in the spring of 2011, when my daughter Alice was 2
months old. We would venture to Oregon Park in NE Portland daily, Alice wrapped to
me while I carried a bottle of ink, a brush, and a few sheets of paper. As she slept, I
captured the essence of my surroundings by drawing the trees before she woke up or
needed my attention.

One day, as I was drawing a birch, I wondered how many trees were in the park. I plotted
the entire area: 109 trees and one stump. Over the next year, I drew all of them with Alice
by my side.

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