"The first impact upon seeing these trees was a feeling of tremendous humility, before such breathtaking grandeur and rugged beauty. I did not see how they could be put on paper. Gradually, the feeing evolved that here is the stupendous story of the life, struggle, growth, death, rebirth, and the glory after life is gone and the tree sculptures remain. – Della Taylor Hoss

When Della was 70, she saw the Bristlecone Pines in California's White Mountains, 12,000 feet altitude. That experience was the climax of her lifelong love affair with trees.

The Bristlecones are the oldest living trees, many well over 4500 years old. They are gnarled, twisted, and battered by winds and snows of the ages. Still, they live on, in rocky shale soil, in all kinds of weather. Even after they die, they stand as magnificent, awe-inspiring sculptures of nature. Small trees grow in profusion at the feet of the patriarchs, so the life cycle is continuous.

This series of drawings is more than a selective representation of the exceptional artistic talent of Della Taylor Hoss. The work also represents the soul of her existence: her relationship with the trees.

Della produced fifteen colored pencil and charcoal drawings of the Bristlecone pines in the 1970s. They are now available from Creative Offspring.

Bristlecone Pines

  • Crown of an Ancient Warrior
  • Cycle of Life
  • Wood Textures
  • Trunk
  • Rhythm