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, December 15, 2013

Smoking Santa 16x20

When I first painted this I wondered if Santa's puffing on a pipe would be offensive to the nonsmoking world. No offense is intended, but my granddad smoked a pipe and my dad a cigar. Despite the hazards of smoking, I must admit the smell of either brings a wave of pleasant memories.

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