One of my pleasant childhood memories is the sound of church chimes on Sunday morning. I didn't consciously listen, the music simply provided a background for the usual Sunday morning preparations. Like so many good things in life, I took the sound for granted, a mere something that was there and would always be. Unfortunately, the chimes are no longer played, and I think we are poorer for the loss. Perhaps the world would benefit from a world-wide call such as church chimes to STOP and direct our attention to the source of everything, regardless of religious creed or persuasion. ...just stop, shut up, and listen.
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.