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.

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.

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