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Donald Kilpatrick
I originally illustrated this piece for a good friend, Peter Cusack. We met in Syracuse, through the Independent Study Degree Program. He's the art director/illustrator for a small press, and he had always talked to me about illustrating a cover. In this case, it was for a book of poems called, Through a Gate of Trees.

I was still in the Syracuse program and living in the San Francisco Bay area. There's a Bay area arborist who took different trees and grafted them together to make intricate patterns. Really cool stuff. Some of the patterns reminded me of cathedrals. They almost speak to you on a spiritual level. So I took that idea. I wanted to illustrate someone looking within, digging really deep.

Branches reach for you
A forest of decisions
Which tree will you climb?

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