Stop and Smell
Oil, 13 X 16″
We’ve been living in such a fast-paced world. Who would’ve thought All Things Slow would be an exhibit title we can all identify with. My painting, “Stop and Smell” was inspired by the beautiful rose bush at the top of a hillock off my patio. Covered in aspens and a wide variety of flowers, it’s become a favorite spot and I’ve spent more time there than I ever thought possible over the last few months. And I’ve come to realize, you do have to stop to actually smell (and appreciate) the flowers – especially in your own back yard.
I find my greatest creative satisfaction through painting the natural world. Though principally a landscape artist, flowers have become a favorite subject of mine and certainly lend themselves to my love of color. But whether a vast mountain or broad desert scene or if I’m focusing on a single flower, I learn so much from the beauty and the strength of the creation around us. There’s an almost holy tenacity in our world; valleys that recover after a flood; flowers that burst out of hard-packed frozen ground; forests that renew after flames. I hope to be so resilient!