Ed Stitt

Paintings & Drawings

My First 40 Years

Larz Oak

73.  Larz Oak    2010    oil on canvas    12x16”    collection of Jon Allen and Melanie Quigley  This was the beginning of a number of paintings of trees in Boston and Brookline parks. It was seeing this painting and the one entitled Boston from Larz, Rainy (number 69) from Larz together in my studio that engendered the large painting Larz and the City (number 82).  Ironically, I discovered as I painted Larz and the City three years later that this is not an oak tree… it is an American chestnut.  There were squirrels everywhere searching for chestnuts.  Hawks, too, hunting squirrels.