Artist's Statement

A quote from Grant Wood describes a condition from which he and many of us suffer: taking too much for granted. Wood said, "...To my great joy, I discovered that in the very commonplace, in my native surroundings, were decorative adventures and that my only difficulty had been in taking them too much for granted." Woods' words ring with truth. My goal as an artist is to capture the wonder of the often overlooked ordinary, the commonplace beauty around us, those little details that make all the difference in our daily lives. The rough hue of rocks, lush blue woodlands, weathered wood grains, and distant meandering dirt roads never cease to appeal to me. I attempt to share the beauty from which routine blinds us. My work can be purchased on ebay or by contacting me personally.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Poinsettias 30x42

I lived in central Florida for 15 years and was thrilled to learn that poinsettias are planted as shrubbery when the climate permits. I was accustomed to seeing the plant in in plastic nursery pots wrapped in shiney Christmas paper. A huge shrub covered with red or white poinsettia blooms was fascinating to me, and I never got over the wonder of that sight. Without this lovely plant, Christmas would not be  the same. This big painting is impressive because of sheer size. The poinsettia bloom is always a show-stopper.

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