What a privilege it is to get out in this world and paint! For me, nothing compares to leaving the comforts of home and going outdoors for an encounter with nature. I love the beauty and serenity along with the harshness and disorder that seem to coexist when I’m outdoors. While beauty is one facet of painting, in the finished product I am reminded of the entire experience as it was created – the preparation, the drive, the hike, steep slopes, cold feet, and the wildlife – both the good and the bad. It’s all part of the total experience that makes me a different person at the end of the day.
I had a friend once say, “Every time I see one of your paintings it makes me want to go out hiking!” It’s comments like these that make me feel my efforts have accomplished something good. There are few things more rewarding than getting outside and experiencing nature to help us know ourselves better, and bring us closer to our Creator. If my work can turn hearts to the outdoors, I know it has been a success.