"Sunday Afternoon". This last week here in Michigan the weather has been beautiful. Bright sunshine, no humidity, cool crisp mornings, with daytime temperatures right around the low eighties. This time of year is bitter sweet for me. You can feel the end of summer coming, but you welcome the great weather. The sky becomes so blue, the colors become so vibrant and the air has this wonderful fresh smell. This painting of mine, called "Sunday Afternoon" reflects all of that...a lazy Sunday afternoon sitting on the beach looking up and barely seeing a lingering morning moon. I can hear the waves below this painting.
This painting is now ready for purchase and is at Wealthy at Charles in Grand Rapids. It's painted on a wood canvas. The surface is smooth, so smooth you would want to touch it. I put down layers and layers of painting sanding between each layer to create not only the smooth surface but to make the colors vibrant. You definitely need to see this painting in person to appreciate it. If you have any further comments or questions you may email me.
My art often begins with a single photograph, a reflection of my eye—an eye that is deeply attracted to the texture, pattern, and shape found in nature. Whether it is the intricate pattern on the bark of a tree, the gentle curve of a woman’s breast, or the smooth, shiny shapes of pebbles along the shores of Lake Superior, I seek to display the wonder of creation in its purest form.
From a single photograph, a single vision or impression, my art charts its own course. From photograph to canvas to sculpture, my hands become dirty, my fingernails caked with the mediums of art, and my heart becomes filled with joy as each piece blossoms, quite organically, into what it was meant to be.
I hope to help those who view my art to feel connected to nature. Perhaps it is not always obvious. But, quite possibly, the viewer will see in a new way and will feel a new appreciation for the organic elements around us.