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The swirling forms activate the tree "torso" and limbs to yield a feeling of fantasy.

The twisted position of the figure expresses her frustration at being thwarted in her ambitions. This tree appears to be morphing into a pale voluptuous woman.

I was immediately attracted by the expression and it’s gestures of this evocative tree I discovered in France.

Mary Hrbacek - Bonsai Bliss Mary Hrbacek - Woman Withheld Mary Hrbacek -  Tree Woman Marry Hrbacek - Message Received

Bonsai Bliss
2017 acrylic on linen
36 x 48”

Woman Withheld
2012 Acrylic on Linen
30 x 36"

Tree Woman
2017 Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 48"
Message Received
2016 Acrylic on Linen
46 x 36"

 

These branches resemble horns emerging from what appears to be a curious young animals head.

This image expresses an unabashed firm approach in the face of all challenges and upsets.

This year I finally got a chance to express this mysterious interior heart-like shape. This sycamore image from Italy inspired me to paint trees whose limbs and gestures resemble humans.
Mary Hrbacek -  Head Mary Hrbacek -  Facing Front IV Mary Hrbacek -  Cavity Mary Hrbacek -  Bright Boy II
Head
2017 Acrylic on Linen
20 x 30"

Facing Front IV
2016 Acrylic on Linen
24 x 28"

Cavity
2016 Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 24"
Bright Boy II
2017 Acrylic on Linen
22 x 28"

 

The tree “face” seems to be observing the rhythmic moves of the dark “dancer.”

This female-looking old growth tree resembles a woman with a complex web of  fine branches.

The “mother” holds her baby high on her limb so it can see and communicate better this way.

A metaphoric dancer seems to inhabit this gestural tree image that appears undecided as to i's direction.

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Dark Dancer
2016 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 40"

Queen Connected
2016 Acrylic on linen
40 x 40"

Harlem Mother and Child III
2016 Acrylic on Linen
36 x 46"
Split Decision
2016 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 44"

 

“On My Back” personifies life’s setbacks to success, which must be overcome in order to forge happiness.

This painting represents the strain in all relationships, no matter the love that exists.

This Irish tree displays distinct“child”forms which expressour “inner child” in its need for comfort.

“Life Before Life” puts a face on the essential force that underlies all living forms.
Fierce Affection  Mary Hrbacek - Painting Life Before Life
On My Back III
2007/14 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 46"

Fierce Affection
20014 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 40"

Baby Luv III
2015 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 40,"
Life Before Life
2013 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 46"

 

These branches expresses an expansive effort to embrace the unexpected in life. This painting displays
a metaphoric“upside-down”view of Life’s more baffling situations.
“Facing Front” expresses an unapologetic approach to standing one’s ground. “Hail the Inhabited” is a
mysterious tree image from
Pisa, Italy, which reminds
me of a Roman genera
l.
Facing Front
Bright Boy III
2007/14 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 44"

Topsy Turvy
2012 Acrylic on Linen
22 x 30"

Facing Front
2008/14 Acrylic on Linen
38 x 44"
Hail The Inhabited
2013 Acrylic on Linen
18 x 24"

 

I was struck by the look of a skull, embedded deeply within a hollow in the trunk of this tree from N.Vermont. This piece displays the eternal connection of the sexes, as man courts a woman who enjoys freedom. In this piece the “man” seems to squelch the "woman's" desire to speak her mind. This twisted tree-figure reaches metaphorically for “light,” for answers, for relief from the lifes tension.  
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Apparition
2016 Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 24"

Seizing Venus
2011 Acrylic on Linen
18 x 24"

A Secret
2009 Acrylic on Linen
30 x 38"
Light Search
2010 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 46"

 

This image displays the base of a tree dead within apparently in a fire, leaving a "grinning mouth" behind.

I painted the first “Outrage” piece after 911.  This piece is a stormy response to the 2016 presidential election. These branches are interdependent, just as many living things are connected and reliant on each other. 

  The “seated” position of this tree image suggests an Eygptian pharoah, on his thrown holding a sceptre.

Mary Hrbacek -  Outrage II Dark Monarch
Night Vision
2007 Acrylic on Linen
30 x 36"  
Outrage II
2016 Acrylic on Linen
24 x 36"
Entwined
2007 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 44"
 
Gold Dark Monarch
2008 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 48"

 

These two images areinspired by 400 year old Italian sycamores that express human-like gestures.

This is a small scale replica of the larger painting entitled"Tree Woman" that stresses the female shape within.

As these forms and branches lean toward each other, they create the illusion of shapes swaying rhythmically. 

"Moving On"suggests that the figure is in the process of taking leave of a place, or person, or a state of being.

Mary Hrbacek-Paintings
Gold Diptych
2006 Acrylic on Linen
36 x 48"
Tree Woman
2016 Acrylic on Paper
4 x 6 "
Last Dance
2007 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 44"
Moving On
2007 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 46"

 

There seems to be a
definite spirit that resides
within this tortured form.

“Horse Sense” is a contemplative image that signifies thoughtful reflection on life’s mysteries.

“Gold Horse Sense”refers to shrewdness and common sense, with it's elongated looking horse head.

This old growth Vermont tree figure is waving a branch in the evening light, waving goodbye to the day.

Horse Sense Gold Horse Sense
Haunted and Inhabited
2007 Acrylic on Linen
26 x 30"
Horse Sense
2008/14 30 x 40" Acrylic on Linen
Gold Horse Sense
2007 Acrylic on Linen
24 x 36"
Wave Goodbye
2007 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 44"

 

This piece is a prototype that precedes my "World Tree" anthropomorphic series.

“Bent Back” seems to join male and female forms, exposing the interior of the female.

This magical painting combines two art forms; the the figure and the landscape genre. 

This special golden work suggests three art forms; the figure, still life, and landscape. 

Gold Cornucopia
Reach Back
2005 Acrylic on Canvas
40 x 44"
Bent Back
2009Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 12"
Shape Presence
2005 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 46"
 
Gold Cornucopia
2007 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 46"

 

These two figures frolick together though the “woman,” eager to fly freely is enmeshed with the male.

This Italian sycamore so resembles a female torso encased in peeling bark, situated on a tree stump.

This painting has a haunting
ghost-like quality That
speaks of the spirit world.

This image displays a tree
near the church where the
Czech anti-Nazi freedom
fighters gave up their lives.

Liberation Creation I
2009 Acrylic on Linen
20 x 30"
Woman Astride1
2009 Acrylic on Linen
20 x 30"
Silver Dragon Trees
2010/14 Acrylic on Linen
14 x 16"
Prague Witness
2008 Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 20"

 

This tree manifestation of an upturned male seeming torso is a symbol of isolation in a topsy-turvy world.

This female tree figure achieves a sense of freedom while still anchored to her natural habitat, trunk, roots.

The motif for this piece is set in a row of very suggestive trees situated on the edge of McCarron Park in Brklyn. 

These two trees spend time together beyond their expectations.

Mary Hrbacek - Love/Engulfment
Hanging Suspended
2008 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 46"
Woman Astride
2008 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 46"  
Williamsburg Dancer
2010 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 48"
Love/Engulfment
2017 Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 24"

 

These enigmatic tree figures seem to be engaged in closely debated  possibly controversial dialogue.

“Master of the Universe”
displays an imposing image of an imperial poignant tree.

The knobby looking shapes suggest the idea of a totem that houses related members.

This totem-tree from Central Park South has an especially female appearance.

Creature Camouflage II
2010 Acrylic on Linen
36 x 46"
Master of the Universe
2008 Acrylic on Canvas
14 x 28"
Totem II
2008 Acrylic on Canvas
14 x 28"
Lavender Totem
2008 Acrylic on Canvas
14 x 28"

 

These two animal-like sycamore trees seem engaged together in a playful mood.

The exposed skelteton-like roots and boney tree trunk create the impression of a primitive animal.

When the woman’s magnetic
charm carries her point!

This female looking trunk is destined to be fettered by her limbs to the nature that both sustains and binds her.

Mary Hrbacek -
Creature Camouflage
2010 Acrylic on Linen
36 x 46"
Silver Verona
2016 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"
Witch-Bewitched
2010 Acrylic on Linen
36 x 46"
Gold Woman Entwined
2010 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 46"

 

This female form is captured unable to free hersel,f from the binding limbs that keep her tied in her natural place.

With arm-like boughs raised up, this tree seems to want to draw attention to itself in the depths of night.

This tree figure features limbs and rocks that appear to stand against injury to their symbolic earth mother.

This image displays goats
foraging on the treetops
for sustenance, as they
do in their Moroccan home.

Woman Entwined
2010 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 48"

Anthropomorph
2009 Acrylic on Linen
16 x 20"

Gold Earth Uprising
2010 Acrylic on Canvas
14 x 22"
Moroccan Goat Tree
2012 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"

 

Male and a female sycamore forms seem to soar heavenward in their quest for freedom in togetherness.

This group of camouflaged sycamores appears to be engaged in a surreptitious dialogue.

This contorted image displays a topsy turvy male-looking tree torso up-ended as it sways in the breeze.

This image is another
version of “Moving On,”
my iconic piece that
symbolizes progress in life.

Mary Hrbacek - Paintings
Liberation Creation
2010 Acrylic on Linen
42 x 48"

Creature Camouflage Diptych
2013 Acrylic on Linen
46 x 72"

Hanging Suspended II
2010 Acrylic on Canvas
14 x16"
The Wanderer
2012 Acrylic on Linen
72 x 108" (6 x 9')

 

This cute looking face resembles the features of a toy, not a real tree that grows in nature.

“Just Do It” displays
an observer watching
the two forms in action.

“At It” supplies another view of the forms seen obliquely in "Just Do It" at left.

When the woman’s magnetic
charm carries her point!

Baby Face
2010 Acrylic on Canvas
14 x 16"

Just Do It
2009 Acrylic on Canvas
14 x 16"

At It
2010 Acrylic on Linen
11 x 14"
Witchy Woman
2012 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"

 

A female figure is begging, but  a male companion seems nevertheless to be taking decisive steps away.

This piece symbolizes
lifes transitions as we move on to the next stage in life's
sequence of events.

The androgynous central figure has breasts that double as eyes, but it also has a masculine aspect.

These male and femaleforms appear to be joined at the base of their flesh-toned trunks.

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Imploring
2012 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"

Moving On III
2009 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"

Close Call I
2012 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"
Counterparts II
2016 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"

 

This luminous anthropomorphic tree is split into many pieces in it's extra effort to attain it's desires.

This royal looking form
appears to hold a scepture as it presides over it's domain.

This enigmatic ghost-like tree with bone-like exposed root an, limbs seems to cry out in need.

These tree shapes evolve a life of their own as they reach beyond their boundaries for laurels..

Reach For It
2007 Acrylic on Linen
40 x 44"   t

Silver Monarch of the Glen
2016 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"

Bone Structure
2012 Acrylic on Linen
8 x 10"
Gold Camouflage
2007 Acrylic on Linen
24 x 36"  

 

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This flesh-toned female tree torso seems to make the ultimate sacrifice in a resolute offering of self.

This image seems to present a child sitting safely on it’s mothers lap. It exudes a feeling of playful happiness.

 
  Mary Hrbacek - Baby Luv IV  
 

Sacrifice II
2013 Acrylic on Linen
20 x 26"

Baby Luv IV
2016 Acrylic on Linen
24 x 30"