France has made sure to keep its fields lined with hedges. As a result, birds and deer and rabbits can flourish alongside of the big agricultural fields of sunflower, colza and wheat. These hedges are made up of a wide variety of trees: hazelnut, oak, laurel, walnut, maple so that while the crops themselves lack diversity, the borders still seem to safeguard not only the wildlife but also the botanical heritage of the area. One of my painting projects was to investigate these liminal areas from a close up look, almost as if I were one of the birds that love to hide in these trees..