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, January 30, 2011

Shastas 30x30

The past two days have been so pretty and deceptive, making me anticipate spring. I know better than to actually believe that cold weather is behind us, but I thought I would download some flowers as a reminder that spring WILL arrive. --Not too much longer.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Little Brown Jug 8x10

After almost a month of computer problems and NO blogging, I feel like a first-timer again. I didn't realize that I am hopelessly hooked. Little Brown Jug is a study I worked up using a photo. I am trying to speed up and produce more, which means I am using smaller canvas. Although small (8x10) I  like  the reflected light in this painting. The notion may strike me to do a larger one; who knows?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hydrangea Bloom 11x14 70.00

This painting was an experiment in technique using a product called z-gel. After painting the bloom with oils as usual and allowing drying, I applied a milky finishing product that I picked up an art show. The cloudy substance dried to clear, hard finish and gave the painting an antique, crackled look.  Clearly not for every painting; however, the look is unique and compliments some paintings. On this one, I like it.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Melon for One 16x20 $150.00

Melon for One was inspired by a magazine layout I saw years ago. I have always liked this painting because of the combination of the austere setting and colorful watermelon. a paradox in paint.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Recycled 16x20

Ever since I painted Recycled, I have kept a watchful eye for an old bicycle to use in this fashion. I am not one to accumulate old things just to have them, but I do like the idea of recycling them for a useful purpose. I have yet to find my old bike, so I guess I'll just keep painting them.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Updraft 16x20 $100.00

Updraft was painted from a photo taken by a friend who camped some days in TN. She shot a photo of the timberline while looking down from a peak. I asked if I could borrow the photo as a source. Although the painting is much different from the photo, I always give Dorrie credit for this painting. The eagles were added as an afterthought. I don't apologize for using photos; if I can't be on location, photos are the next best thing. Thanks, Dorrie, for being attentive to the beauty around you; so many people are too busy to notice.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Spring Thaw 8x10 $50.00

Ridiculous as it seems, after Christmas I get impatient for spring. Many days of winter lie ahead, but Christmas marks the end on my personal calendar. I spend January, February, and March anticipating warm days and blossoms. This study was painted in my back yard on a warm day in March when a jonquil peeked its head out from the cold earth. I took it as a good omen of things to come.