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, June 14, 2015

Blooming Hats 9x12 Sold

I have a long standing custom of buying red geraniums each spring for the front yard. Geraniums are sun-lovers and thrive in those "hot spots" that receive mid-day and afternoon sun. Red as always been the color of choice. However, this year for some explainable reason, I changed colors. I went pink. Geraniums are fun to paint because the value change is so easily detectable in the petals; take note of the distinction in the blooms in this painting. Blooming Hats has been sold for quite a while, but it has always been one of my favorite floral pieces. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Earth laughs in flowers." Maybe that's why they make us feel better.

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