Painting has brought such joy to my life in so many ways. It seems that I am constantly aware of things in nature that before went unnoticed. I now see the shapes in the clouds, the colors of the sky, the character of a tree. Painting is always on my mind. Even when I am busy doing other things I am hoping that I can soon get back to my canvas. Or when I go to bed at night I often lay there imagining my next creation. It seems that it has changed my whole being. My desire is always to create something for others to enjoy, but in doing so, it also brings a serenity to my own life. I can imagine a beautiful place, the sun casting long shadows across a peaceful landscape. I can create a seascape with rich blues and greens and white gulls floating across the sky, or even a gorgeous sunset.
Then there are other times when my desire is to create something exciting. I may paint an ocean with huge swells and deep troughs, but still I can put in rich colors, transparent waves and a dramatic sky, and that will be beautiful also. My paintings are my own designs, sometimes using special parts of something in a photo that I was lucky enough to capture. It is always my hope to create something that brings pleasure to the viewer.
After experimenting with many different mediums, my true satisfaction comes from painting in oils, and it is now almost the only medium that I use. I love the feel of mixing my colors and applying the texture. I love the power of oil colors and the ability to push the paints around while they are still wet. And I love sharing my knowledge with my students and with other artists. The one unfortunate thing about being an artist is that there is never enough time to paint all the things I want to paint—all the things that I have imagined. Painting has made me aware of my love of nature and all the beautiful things that God has created. I really cannot imagine what my life was like before I became an artist.
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