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.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Apple Pitcher 5x7

For the last year, I have made an effort to declutter my home by eliminating all items that I can't live without. This pitcher is one item I chose to keep for I am emotionally attached for some reason. I can't even remember where I found it, but it's one thing from my past that I enjoy seeing on a daily basis. Our lives are so filled with unnecessary "stuff," but this is a whimsical piece that gives me happiness.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Barn in the Evening 3x5 50.00

Barns--can't get away from my rural upbringing. I once said that I would never again paint a barn because they are overdone and common, but are they? I am not sure that I will ever cease to appreciate a "good barn."

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Petunias 3x5 $40.00

While walking in the summer, I always enjoy the volunteer petunias that chance up in strategic spots on the roadside. At one time someone may have planted them, and the plants have persistently endured,  a lesson for all.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Collie's Room 11x14 $60.00

While at the art colony at Lake Martin in October, the class painted an interior. Despite everyone doing the same study, all paintings looked different. Every artist has his/her individual style which means we had many "takes" on the same scene.  -interesting.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Interlude 11x14

During the few years I attempted to teach an art class at the high school, we tried various media. I was constantly carting items from my home for a subject to sketch, paint, etc. One that was always a favorite was this chair, hat, and uke. The angles of the chair were a challenge, but we had fun, so did I when I painted it lately in oils. If art is not fun to a person, she/he should find another interest.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sierra Aspens 11x14

On a trip out West, I saw a stand of aspens in the summer sun. They appeared to be painted with whitewash. --such a beautiful sight.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Serengeti Sentry 14x20

The first time I ever saw a real giraffe was at Busch Gardens in Tampa. I was awed by the beautiful coloring and grace despite their height and gangliness. They appeared if they had been hand painted. Since then I have painted several. Always fun to depict, the pattern of their coloration is quite interesting.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Peace River 11x14

I remember crossing a river in Florida on more than one occasion called Peace River. This painting reminds me of what I saw. The water was still and deep, very lazy. --definitely a peaceful sight.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Blues 16x16

I remember returning home from a great aunt's house one Christmas Day afternoon. My parents had decided to spend time with the extended family, so we had spent a few hours at my aunt's house, crammed full of food and laughing relatives. As my dad was driving home in the darkening winter afternoon, I remember feeling a blanket of sadness descend upon my small brain. Christmas was over for a whole year. I was overwhelmed with a sense of gloom. Life was over--no more Christmas, no more gifts, no reason for celebration. As a kid, I simply didn't know the truth.  How sad life would truly be if our lives merely subsisted from one emotional high to the next, one manufactured preoccupation to another? In the midst of the baubles and glitz of the season, I am grateful that the true Christmas, namely the presence of God on earth is to be experienced all year, every moment, not just during a window of time. To not know differently would give me the same expression of the pup in the painting Christmas Gloom.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Renee's Garden Tools 6x8

No digging in the dirt for a while.This piece commemorates those long, hot days of summer. Remember???