Sunstar through the Trees, Sarajevo

Derek Alvarez, Sunstar through the Trees, Sarajevo, Hand Painted on the iPad using Procreate, 2018

This is inspired by a photo I took in the mountains of Sarajevo of the sun shining through the trees… my main objective when I do a painting based on a photograph is to express something I couldn’t express through the photo, so this was a perfect subject. The sun is so bright that it appears to shine in front of the trees… that is my angel Nina saying hello and looking down on the scene with joy and approval.


  1. Janet Hilts on May 17, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    I love the radiance of Nina’s Sunstar, Derek, and how you’ve captured its reflection in the trees and in the leaves on the ground. Beautiful!

    • Derek Alvarez on May 21, 2018 at 2:07 AM

      Thank you, Janet! I felt her presence while creating it!

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