Painter Erika Pochybova-Johnson is an untrained artist that relies on her intuition when painting her incredibly colorful figurative and abstract works. The artist’s festive color palette allows each image to explode with energy. Her series of tree paintings are especially intriguing due to her artistic choice to save that burst of multihued liveliness for the roots of her subjects.
Hidden beneath the soil, Pochybova-Johnson depicts an effervescent root party. It is a complementing contrast to the barren tree that sits atop the dirt. It is an unexpected surge of energy that offers an interpretive idea of one’s vibrant spirit encased in a seemingly dull shell. The artist’s eye-catching paintings make one rethink about judging a book by its cover or, more aptly, a tree by its branches.