Ol' Rusty sits three houses down from my own home. It belongs to a gentleman who gets it out when the sun shines just to admire what it represents to him. Just as art holds different meaning to everyone who beholds it, old trucks have different meaning and memories to all who admire. If vintage trucks could tell stories, I would be first in line to hear them all.
Mother Shall Return
The intricate details of the bird's nest and it's surroundings are what captivated me with this nest. I could just fell the anticipation of the eggs hatching and imagine watching the baby birds grow enough to fly from their nest. The vibrancy and depth in this piece leaves only the baby birds to the imagination.
This painting was created for an interpretive show. This type of show starts with a local camera club and the art guild selects the photographs they want to paint, then the writing/poets club writes poems about the paintings. It is a great way to see one piece of art turn into several! This piece was purchased by the photographer, so I felt completely flattered.
Spring time brings so much awe to this earth but sometimes it's the smallest elements that have the most beauty. For me, an iris bloom is one of those small elements. It's intricate petals that are lined with delicate lace like details, seem a miracle in their own right. The colors are plentiful and the delicate blooms must be enjoyed quickly as they don't last long. Iris blooms...Spring Wonder.
Mission Espada in San Antonio, Texas is a striking old building with history exploding from the interior and exterior. Inspiration for painting this was sparked one summer on a mini family vacation. As we walked through many of the missions on the historic Missions Trail, I was completely drawn to the history, the colors of the rocks, and how much of a story such an old building could reveal just from it's stature.
Mission San Juan
Mission San Juan is the only mission that I visited that isn't made from natural rock. Even though it is simple on the outside,it is full of spirit and the inside was beautiful. Walking away from the mission is actually what inspired me. As I glanced over my shoulder and saw all the splendor of the Texas prickly pear surrounding the cross with the mission in the background, I was energized by the entire composition.
This large agile animal often wanders over into my yard with his blonde friend. He loves small succulent plants, green bushes, and delicate blooming flowers. He leaves perfect foot prints to let me know he has been for a visit. This wonderous water buffalo often leans over his fence to say "hello" as cars drive by unaware of his daily explorations.
This flower caught my attention as it was bright and bold and represented all the vibrancy of spring and summer. I chose a larger canvas for this piece so it would exuberate larger than life and catch everyone's attention, just as it did for me.
Hidden Paint Brushes
On a nice summer hike outside of Blacklake, New Mexico, Aspens and rocks created a cozy nest for the blooms of Indian Paint Brushes. As the sun light illuminated many petals of the Indian Paint Brushes, it caught my eye as a seen I had been looking for the entire hike Nature's beauty was worth capturing for the canvas so it could be experienced again and again.
If Walls Could Talk
Memories and stories of years past were inspiration for this, not to mention the wonder of how this old building still stands. It is a small rock building that stood behind an old school house that my father attended as a child. A place touched by time, wild yuccas, and stories of old. The school house is long gone but for some reason this small rock building surrounded by those stories of old, still remains. Perhaps, it is to remind those of us who drive by that old rocks hold many stories...If only old rock walls could talk.
Peaking from under the Yucca
This yucca from my backyard, represents so much of what I love about my yard and the state I live in. My mother's favorite bloom is that of a Texas Yucca. This piece was donated to the the International Order of The King's Daughters and Sons Chautauqua facility in New York. What an honor to be viewed by all the patrons who walk those halls.