Auction benefiting Friends of the Urban Forest

I have donated one of my open edition prints, Flight: an abstraction of a maple tree seed, to an auction benefiting the Friends of the Urban Forest. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a great organization that helps get trees planted in the city of San Francisco, where I used to live. When I heard about the auction, titled “Artists Celebrate Trees”, I had to contribute. Most of my artwork is created from the natural elements of trees (seed pods, leaves, sticks, bark, etc), so it was a natural fit. If you live in San Francisco, you should consider attending the event, where artwork from over 100 artists, all inspired by trees, will be auctioned off.

Flight: an abstraction of a maple tree seed ©Daniel Sroka
Flight: an abstraction of a maple tree seed


very interesting photo daniel, some of your photos make me gasp…they are sometimes so bodily looking. my first thought when I saw this was a nude figure opening their legs. i guess nature is sexual too. lots of life and energy in this, hope it benefits the benefit!

I have heard that from other people, that some of my photographs have an O’Keefe flair. But what’s interesting is I never see that myself. It’s hard to put in words exactly what I am seeing when I create my art, but it’s rarely anthropomorphic. For example, in this photograph, I was “seeing” movement of the seed took as it fell to the ground, sensing how its physical form describes its purpose for “flight”. (Hence my oh-so-dull name!)

I see that now. I zone right in on things and don’t pay attention to name’s of things etc. Now I see flight! It is interesting that post you wrote somewhere talking about your eyes/glasses and how it affects and makes your work what it is. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the work we make really symbolizes so much about how we function in the world.

I was reading about the tree spirit project & now this…Stupid question I have wanted to ask…really I am asking myself this out loud but maybe you can help ? Is there something inherently silly about printing on paper made from trees to protect trees ? I have wondered this for a little while and am just curious…I do sort of the same thing myself with painting and I was wondering about your thoughts ? thanks, Sari Grove

Hi Sari. No, I don’t think there’s anything silly about using paper, and supporting a tree-oriented charity. First, Friends of the Urban Forest is dedicated to planting new trees in urban spaces, bringing trees to places where there are none. Second, fine art paper is made from recovered cotton fibers, not tree pulp. Crane, who makes my favorite papers, talks about paper and the environment on their website.