I was born and grew up in this decidedly rural and remote Pennsylvania county. I returned over three decades ago to raise a family and set up my studio here. Despite my background and roots, I often feel quite at odds with the politics and aesthetics sensibilities of my neighbors; some of whom toss trash on the sides of the scenic back roads where I love to paint. Often I set up my easel near farmland and do not see another soul during the brief couple of hours I am there working. I enjoy this solitude and peace. I also enjoy the times that the farmer stops his or her pickup truck and takes a moment from their busy schedule to admire my painting...or occasionally to tell me that I "forgot" to include some detail or other...or to invite me to see the fabulous view from the top of the silo! Those times I realize that we have different ways of working, but we both have a love of the land. we can both appreciate the new willow leaves, the approaching rain clouds and a pink sunset. we share a life that keeps us out of doors looking around and sniffing the wind. the landscape is or common bond.
Crows Over the Corn
Pastel 12 x 16