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.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rawhide 10x20 $150.00

If asked why I painted this, I couldn't really answer. Something about the expanse of the horns, the gleam in his eye, and my recent return from a camping trip out West with friends must have moved me. Maybe the muse of the Old West and all those episodes of Rawhide as a kid got the best of me. (Rowdy was the man.) I must have been a cowboy in another life, for I've always been attracted by the cowboy personna. I will always grieve over the termination of Mesquite Rodeo with Donny Gay. Bullriding was the highlight of my Sunday night viewing.

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