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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Santa in Blue 16x20

I have always liked the Old World Santas, the tall, gaunt ones that look tired and worn. The blue Santa doesn't qualify as Old World, although I did enjoy painting him because he WAS blue, a far cry from the traditional red. I need to begin to get my thoughts together for a real Old World Santa and paint him out of season. I consider the non Christmas season the most productive time for painting holiday pieces. Not sure why...

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