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.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Grazing Time $150.00 16x20

I have had a life-long love for horses ever since my childhood friendship with a girl whose family owned, rode, and showed horses. My parents were not interested in doing the same, and I couldn't understand why. Even though they owned no appropriate place to stable a horse, I spent a great deal of time persuading them, if they truly loved me, to make that investment. I was consistently refused, so I resigned myself to drawing horses in all postures. This scene was inspired by a trip to South Dakota where these two were grazing in the morning stillness near our campsite. I still think they are beautiful animals.

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