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, September 23, 2012

The Girls 16x20 NFS

Last Christmas, son-in-law Seth had a photo session with the family. He has become quite the photographer. I'm glad, for his skills are much sharper than mine, and his interest in taking shots saves my having to take care of "documenting" moments. Now, I can concentrate on other things. However, I follow him around and retake his shots, for he has a much better camera "eye" than I.  I simply fail to see some photo ops that he sees. This shot he took of the girls enjoying the sunny winter weather and the leaves in the front yard. After pondering the pose, I thought I would try to capture in with oils. I like it for it's a moment in time. They will never be like this again. That's one of the many beauties of art of any kind. The "moments" around us are so precious.

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