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.

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.

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