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.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Traces of Leisure 8x10 60.00

Most of us have a difficult time with leisure, or I do. Why do I feel guilty when I sit for a quiet moment?? It's not a moral failing, but  necessary for maintaining sanity. This painting reminded me what I need to do more of, just relax and commune with my own spirit. I read the other day that silence is the closest thing to God. Maybe that is why silence often makes us uncomfortable. We are not at ease when confronted with our humanity and the eternal.

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