Artist Molly Hashimoto has appreciated trees all her life – they have shaped her as a hiker, outdoors lover, gardener, traveller, and artist. She pays homage to them through her art, working in many different media, each revealing different aspects of these stalwart companions: crisp lines, imposing silhouettes, and the subtle-or sometimes brilliant – hues of foliage. Hashimoto also delves into the process of creating art, discussing the mediums she used in the featured pieces and the reasons she chose them, as well as sidebars with tips and techniques.
As in her popular Colors of the West and Birds of the West, Hashimoto emphasizes her personal experiences with nature, telling stories about her encounters with trees everywhere from her backyard to national parks and forests throughout the Western USA. She focuses primarily on native trees, rather than cultivars, with a special interest in 46 major species found across the region, ranging from the stately Coast redwoods to the diminutive but distinctive Fishhook Barrel Cactus.
Rooted in place, trees offer endless opportunities for observation, admiration, relaxation, and inspiration. Trees of the West invites us to pause and appreciate these sentinels in all their quiet glory.
Molly Hashimoto is dedicated to connecting people of all ages to nature through hands-on art experiences. She teaches and leads plein-air watercolour workshops around the West, including at the North Cascades Institute, Yellowstone Forever Institute, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Molly lives in Seattle, Washington.
– The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries 2023 Award of Excellence Winner in Botanical Art and Illustration
"A lovely book combining art, natural history and storytelling."
– Matthew Miller, The Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science
"Trees of the West by Molly Hashimoto is a feast for the eyes. The book includes poems and quotes to complement the beautiful artwork."
– Lisa Jaffe, Seattle Refined
"A beautiful book."
– Jeremy Nissel, owner of J. Michaels Books, Next Avenue
"A breath of fresh air for anyone who loves trees."
– The Seattle Times
"Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with art in a variety of mediums [...] Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide is especially and unreservedly recommended."
– Midwest Book Review
"Whether you are moved to celebrate the everyday virtues of red alders or black cottonwoods, or the splendor of vine maples in autumn or dogwoods in spring – you'll find guidance here on doing so. Trees of the West is a treat for all seasons."
– Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bookmonger, Coast Weekend
"An enjoyable immersion in trees with multiple facets sure to please any hiker."
– Diane Spicer, Hiking For Her
"A book that brings to mind the magic that a woodland provides [...] The author's love of trees will infect and embrace the reader."
– Aron Row, Portland Book Review
"Molly's appreciation of trees, reflected in her art, is apparent. I love how she interprets the bark of different species by using strong verticals and horizontals. Especially when a bird or animal is in the print, it evokes a sense being lost in a fairytale wood."
– Caryn Bell-Schutzler, Seattle Audubon