Artist Jason Middlebrookʼs paintings using wood as material in an homage to nature with an emphasis on the tree. Middlebrook explains: “Instead of making work about man's misunderstanding of nature I am making work that embraces natureʼs endless visual gifts and complexities of it's processes. In the past I chose to comment on man's fear and destruction of the environment. In recent years I'm more interested in a collaboration with nature, a deeper look at nature.” Jason Middlebrook, born 1966 in Michigan and based in New York, has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and in Europe since 1994 when he graduated from San Francisco Art Institute. Exhibition history includes Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut; The Aspen Museum, Colorado; Palazzo delle Papesse, Italy and The Whitney Museum. In 2010 the artist had two major commissions that were completed, The Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago as part of the exhibit Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy curated by Lynne Warren.