A section of the Governor's garden
As an art instructor, I introduced young people to a variety of mediums, demonstrating the many ways to express themselves artistically. Teaching was a great joy and a reciprocal learning experience for me. As I strove to open my students' eyes, I opened mine, as well.
Historic Lincoln Colored Cemetery
My neighbor's poppies
I work in acrylics and, recently, in oils. I am a representational artist, happiest painting familiar things in my life. The American scene, its people, buildings and its landscapes are my favorite subjects. My favorite American artists are Winslow Homer, and Edward Hopper. I do, however, admire artists with different paint styles, mediums and subject matter.
My involvement with plein air painting and with SVPAP has enriched my life in many ways. I paint more, am gaining more confidence and I think I have become a better painter. I have travelled to paint at places, though nearby, I had not known before. Most importantly, I have met many talented, friendly artists, all with different styles, but sharing a common interest in expressing, artistically, the world around them.
Larry, and I were not taking chances. We were out to paint at the Historical Lincoln Colored Cemetery, not "dodge bullets". Orange hats helped to keep our heads warm and "bullet-free”.
Marcel Proust’s idea of discovery is becoming ever more relevant to me, as I continue to age and my plein air painting outings become limited to my home area. My paintings of “newly” discovered “landscapes” will have to be of old landscapes seen, by me, with fresher eyes.