As much as I love to paint subjects that deliver a punch, I still really enjoy painting beautiful examples of Mother Nature. In truth, it is these images that have always sold the most of all my work. I find the challenge of creating a birch tree on canvas, with its idiosyncratic lumps, bumps, lines, and curls, to be most rewarding. When a person walks up, touches the canvas and says, "Wow, I can almost grab that piece!" it makes my day.
Another reason I love to do land and seascapes is the light. To me, nothing is more important. Light affects color, mood, depth of perception, shadow, and time of day or night. It gives a painter myriad possibilities with which to create. Once you have chosen the direction of the light source in your work, you can't go back--everything else is prisoner to that overpowering presence.
So you will always see me go back to nature, despite my tendency to paint works that speak to the viewer and try to impel them to action. I think there's more than enough room for both, don't you?
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