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, November 30, 2011

Sleigh Ride With Santa 16x16

Do I hear sleigh bells?? Santa is on the way! One day I hope to ride in a sleigh, not necessarily with the man himself. However, I wouldn't turn him down. This was a fun piece to paint, one of the few Christmas pieces I have managed to paint this year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hot Day in the Outback 11x14

As I type this, I am trying to imagine the heat of such a day, the glare of the sun on roofs, the rise of heat waves from the earth, and the oppressive humidity of the atmosphere. This morning, the temp is in the low 30's, and such imagining is a stretch. One benefit of living in this area is variety of weather conditions. Variety is good for the soul.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kymulga Mill 8x10

In the early fall, an artist friend and I spent a wonderful day at Kymulga Mill and Covered Bridge in Talladega Co. We painted the entire day, stopping only for a quick lunch. This is the second installment of that day. The first was of the bridge, and this is a rendering of the mill. These two structures have been declared historical landmarks and are open daily to the public. --a peaceful spot.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Gourde Profile 6x8

This little guy won my heart when I spied it in the trashcan. I was attracted by the curving lines and earthy appeal. I thought he would make a winsome subject, and he was taken home to my studio.  There are so many times I fail to appreciate the small revelations of beauty around me. Oh God, help me be more attentive.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tools of the Trade 6x8

When an artist begins painting his or her tools, perhaps new subject matter is needed. Actually, the orange crock has appealed to me for a long time. I just included a few brushes. This was a fun piece.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Collie's Beach 12x16

This scene was one I painted at the art colony along with about 20 others. Of course it never fails that when people are painting the same scene, each piece looks different, like 20 different scenes. As the weather cools, I imagine what a warm day at the beach would feel like.