I am often on auto pilot driving from point A to B because my head is on a swivel as I constantly scan my surroundings for inspirational settings to paint. I see possibility everywhere. I guess that comes from being so in love with my landscape. I should have a sign on the back of my vehicle that says "FREQUENT STOPS FOR PHOTOS", as I pull off and snap shots A LOT!
I didn't start out with a plan to be a landscape painter, but have landed there. It makes sense really, given my background. I am a farm girl, raised on a ND wheat farm, who spent every available minute I could scrape, roaming the countryside on my horse.
In the summer I would get up before the sun and make my way to the barn, put a bridle on my horse and ride. That was freedom. I can still smell the freshness of those mornings, the crisp air, the earthy aroma of freshly turned soil and the clean dewy grass. I have grown up with a deep appreciation for the land and the endless skies here on the prairie. The sunrise and sunset paint wonder across the hills and the gold of late afternoon light on a simple stand of trees would take my breath away and still does.
While art has been a constant through my life, so the landscape. I have spent the last 20 years as a landscape designer, which when you think about it is the perfect melding of art and land.My inspiration is really birthed from my closeness to the landscape from which I come and will someday return.
Creativity has been my life and I would like to share some of my thoughts, learning and fun facts with you.