the smallest child
the highest up
The haiku “tree climbing” appeared in “The Saturday Evening Post” online ed. on Aug 24, 2010.
The painting is by Geoffrey Chalkley, who grew up in Croydon, England and is a graduate of the Liverpool School of Architecture. He has worked as an architect in London and Philadelphia. In 2002, renewing a lifelong interest in art, he attended a pastel drawing class taught by Natalie Italiano at the Markheim Art Center in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He has continued to study with Natalie who herself is a student of internationally renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks. Geoffrey lives with his wife Sharon and son Matthew in Haddonfield.