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, September 14, 2011

Donnie's Door 8x10

An art workshop I attended used this image as subject matter for a study. I liked the scene's cool, welcoming appeal. Donnie was the instructor's name.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Venetian Canel 8x10

One of the many benefits of painting is viewing the world as one wants it be rather than how it actually is. Venetian Canel is a painting of a place I have never been, but I imagine myself visiting. Maybe, someday.....

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Unclaimed Bike 8x10

This painting makes me want to return to an earlier day, the days of kiddom. I remember playing until I was too tired to bath, too tired to eat, too tired to stay awake and watch TV. I would fall into bed exhausted with the day, the wonderfully free day. What happens to us that we forget how to play, to laugh, to simply enjoy being alive?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Planter with Mrs. Appleton's Quilt 11x14

This planter (actually it's a candle holder, but I keep a plant in it) I have had for years. The quilt was gift from some special people . I have always thought of it as a Christmas quilt, although it's just red and white patterned, not a Christmas design. Anyway, I thought I would add it to this little study because it is so special. Here's to you, Mrs. Appleton.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Foggy Morning 11x14

In a recent workshop, the class did this scene together. Using a photograph we tried to capture the cool, wetness of this early morning scene. It's always amazing to see how different the same scene can appear . Every artist has his or her own special touch.