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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Upstairs Flat 8x10

A notecard I received inspired this study. I have an ongoing love affair with old rock buildings.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sestet 6x12

A trip out west exposed me to the beauty of Aspen trees. I loved the play of light on their barks, such graceful, lovely things. Too bad they don't grow here, I  would definitely want one. Anyway, I hope this little study does them justice.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Shady Spot at Cades Cove 8x10

When life seems to spin out of control, I only have to think of the days spent at Cades Cove, and peace of mind is restored. My friends and I spent a week plein air painting in the area, and we enjoyed every minute of it. This was a study done one afternoon. Hopefully, there will be other times.

Signs of Spring 8x10

I try to paint outside as much as possible-such a difference can be seen in colors and their values. This piece was  painted in my back yard two springs ago. It was cold March afternoon, but I couldn't resist the one lone jonquil that braved the elements.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Silo and Barn 8x10

Barbara Mandrell sung it and I agree with her-"I was country before country was cool."  We can't escape our roots. I use to have a tendency to apologize for mine. As I age, I realize how fortunate I am to claim those roots. This painting speaks of my heritage.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Trees for Two 8x10

My friend and I spent the day on the mountain during the fall. I managed to get three studies painted which included this one. The wind was cool, yet  the sun was warm and comfortable. My neck blistered without my being aware. Plein air painting is one of the most enjoyable activities in which I have ever participated. For me, it's a spiritual experience. Some of the best moments I have ever lived have been spent painting outdoors. I know why Monet expressed a desire to die outside with a paintbrush in his hand. He got his wish. Maybe I will too.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Value Study 6x8

This painting was done at an art workshop at Lake Martin. When I got home with it, I decided to frame it. I have always enjoyed black and white photography. This appealed to me as well.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lighthouse at North Point PEI 11x14

This past summer, some friends and I spent time on Prince Edward Island, Canada. PEI is a lovely island with wonderful plein painting opportunities. This study was painted on the North Point of the island. The day was windy and cold, but we had a wonderful time just the same. I tried to capture th.e overcast atmosphere. We were stationed on a hill overlooking this view. I can still feel the wind whipping the tall grass in which we were standing.