In 2020, the inspiration for Paint by Nature was trees. Artists, both amateur and professional, were invited to select from these 23 trees throughout the city. This resulted in 59 depictions of notable Lexington trees by 43 artists.
This marked the third year for the Paint by Nature series, with a different area of emphasis highlighted each year. The inaugural year focused on local greenways and streamside restoration projects, and 2019 featured native plants in medians, easements and mailbox strips.
Different species of trees do well in different types of environments. Planted in the right place, a tree can thrive for a lifetime. Soil moisture, utility lines, pollution levels and space constraints are some of the factors that contribute to whether a tree will do well in a particular location. The purpose of this Paint by Nature showcase is to highlight the importance of "right tree, right place" and to inspire Fayette County residents to take these guidelines into consideration when planting their own trees.