Molly Hashimoto presents 'Trees of the West: An Artist’s Guide'

An intimate and beautiful celebration of trees—the perfect gift for nature lovers!


Third Place Books welcomes local artist and teacher Molly Hashimoto to our Lake Forest Park store! Hashimoto will be presenting her latest collection Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide, work that invites us all to pause and appreciate trees through art. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of Trees of the West will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Trees of the West. . .

An intimate and beautiful celebration of trees—the perfect gift for nature lovers!

  • Illustrated throughout with art in a variety of mediums: pencil, pen, and wash sketches; block prints; studio watercolors; and intaglio etchings
  • Includes a rich natural history and brief ethnobotanical notes for each featured species
  • Features poems and quotes from other writers and artists celebrating our connection to trees

Artist Molly Hashimoto has appreciated trees all her life—they have shaped her as a hiker, outdoors lover, gardener, traveler, 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 West. She focuses primarily on native trees, rather than cultivars, with a special interest in 45 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.

Dedicated to connecting people with nature through hands-on art experiences, Molly Hashimoto teaches aspiring artists and has led plein air art workshops throughout the West, including at the North Cascades Institute, Yellowstone Forever Institute, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Her previous books include Birds of the West, Colors of the West, and Mount Rainier National Park: An Artist’s Tour. Her nature-inspired work has also appeared on cards and calendars for the past three decades. She lives in Seattle. (Photo credit: Paul Kasprzyk)

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