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.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Little Dutch Girl 6x8 60.00

This little dutch girl planter remained a constant in my childhood. At one time, she held a prominent spot in our home. I can't remember being told from where she came; however, I do know she is old. Not being an antique glassware collector , I don't know the name of the pottery, but the little piece no doubt has a history, if no where else but in my parents' household. A  the years passed, the dutch girl gradually moved from prominence to ignominy. She was moved to darkened nooks on furniture, cluttered dishware cabinets, and eventually banned to underneath the kitchen sink, the abyss of obscurity. After the death of my parents, my siblings and I were parceling family possessions. I spied her amidst the heap  of mementos, just an insignificant piece of pottery with no value other than sentiment. I realized she represented a truth, however. The insignificant things in life, those things that are so constant we take them for granted, are often our true wealth. That beautiful sunset, the face of a dear friend, and the breath I breath are of untold worth. Thank you, little dutch girl, for your lesson.  You deserve to be perserved on canvas.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shastas 6x12 wood panel

I don't have any shastas in the yard this year, not sure why. They have personality, if a flower can have a personality, happy and vibrant. The colors are intense, and they are fun flowers to paint simply because they are predictable and have a whimsical appeal. Let's hear it for the shasta.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Morning Glories on Panel 6x10 $60.00

In the mornings when walking  now, I see a fence line that is covered in morning glories such as these. They are volunteer, and that makes them all the more pretty. They simply bloom where they are. The moral is a good one: bloom where you are.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Apples on Panel 6x12 60.00

The old masters used wood long before canvas and other surfaces were used. This apple arrangement is worked up on primed panel that appears to have a frame when it actually doesn't.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lemon, Anyone? 6x8 60.00

These two items were in my kitchen when I went off to my studio; both of which I thought deserved a portrait. --nice combo.