For many the holidays is a time of sadness because of events associated with the past. For instance, a death, a divorce, or family tensions that occurred during the holiday season can spur one into depression or at least mild despondency. Many times this occurs without the sufferer being consciously of the what or why of his/her feelings. To compound the problem, the season gives the impression that supreme happiness and outright giddiness is the norm. The level of expectations is raised so high that many are simply "set up" for disappointment. For those of us who experience these feelings, we need to believe that the holidays are centered on a reality far more weighty than gifts, decorations, and functional families. God's presence is at the core of Christmas. But in reality, God's presence is with us ALL the time, not just during a selected time slot on the calendar. That is what I choose to believe.
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.