Size: 18"W x 14"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
I painted this from one of many images I snapped while visiting my brother and sister-in-law, up in Northern Wisconsin where they live. I was taking a lot of pictures of Birch trees, which I think are beautiful, to paint, once I returned to my studio in Illinois. Big Brother informed me though, that these are Poplar trees, not Birch. He told me the difference, but I forget what he said; all I see is the beautiful gold, yellow, orange, ocher leaves that absolutely shimmer, when the sun hits them.
When I choose a subject to paint, it’s because some specific aspect catches my eye and causes me to study how it relates to the entire picture. It can be as obvious as the brilliance of a sunset and how it changes everything it touches for just that moment or it could be something as small as a shadow created by a single plant and the varied colors that it casts . When painting buildings I love to depict the wear and tear, the missing windows or chipped paint that gives a sense of the past.
Like all artists, I am driven to paint, to try to convey to others what my eyes see and how I feel about it. I hope while viewing my paintings that you too can feel some part of that connection I felt when choosing to paint them.
I paint in both representational and abstract styles, enjoying the process of both. I rely heavily on the palette knife in my painting and I tend to gravitate to bold colors.