I am a lover of blue and gray. Of mist and rain. Of sunshine and sunsets. I believe there are stories to be told among our everyday lives of color and landscape. Full color palettes of pure opportunity.
My inspiration comes from my travels over the world, but I find my paintings settle somewhere in the heart of the simple lifestyles and ordinary landscapes. Things to be uncovered if we only look deep enough.
Joy is a choice, not a feeling-- one that we make every day of our lives. Life can be difficult. It does not go as planned. There is pain, struggles, suffering and disappointments, but we have the choice to not let that define us but to empower us. To use those stories to encourage someone else. I find that we rarely have something happen to us that cannot be used for a greater purpose.
This is where the combination of the “reflections” that accompany my paintings and the art itself tell a whole story. One wouldn’t survive without the other. Read the stories and reflect on the meaning as you view the painting. Allow it time to resonate in your soul. Step back into a simpler way of life. One not cluttered with the noise of our society. This is were you will find the heart of it all.
My work has been called "lonely" and at one point that may have been the case, but now I would consider it open. Let’s take a walk, shall we? I invite you to step into a space devoid of people where you can rest and be and speak. An opportunity to join me in this beautifully messy journey.
Pour out your heart. Breathe.
Musings from the Studio - the Blog
As you all may guess, I work from my studio...alone most days. This is the only draw back to being self-employed for someone who likes people. But it gives me a lot of time to think, listen to music and podcasts, and read (audio, of course). Every one of these avenues for noise leads back to more thinking. So, I want to share these thoughts on the everyday with you. Maybe even new places to visit and some of my simple loves; a gathering around the table of sorts. My sincere hope in all of it, though, is that I add refreshment to your life. And mine, for that matter. We could all use a little more, right?
I would love it if you gave me feedback. Let's start the conversation and see where it goes.
I love and welcome commissions. I enjoy the chance to create something that has reached in and touched your soul and heart. I love your story. Please reach out if you have an idea. No matter the style, I can recreate in watercolor or oil. My only request is that the image be your own. I do not recreate another artist's work.