Patternbank loves the work of Michigan born artist and sculptor Jason Middlebrook. His captivating geometric paintings on slices of tree trunk give the surreal effect of a contemporary, abstract grain. The artist says,”No matter what I paint on those planks, I have to take into account that the tree did so much more work than what I did. The tree lived for a hundred years, and it compressed all that time into the grain. Every time I do a plank painting, I’m trying to respect nature, but also create my own parking lot, my own highway. I think that’s what the planks are about, trying to draw attention to the tree, draw attention to the form, and then delicately make a statement with my hand. Because the tree is the narrative.” See Jason’s website here.