Although this year was certainly a challenge, it gave me time to reflect on positive aspects of a confined existence. Nature's colors seemed magnified by the silence. Ordinary objects seemed patient and peaceful, waiting for the world to start anew. I was fortunate to be able to enjoy the basics of life, leaving me free to become enchanted by my beautiful surroundings.
On viewing nature, my eyes automatically construct a painting. I strive to capture the small details of the moment such as the movement of water or the effects of a breeze. I find light reflections especially interesting.
I was inspired by some unusual concepts this year, such as the freedom of running, unmasked in a field of pumpkins. In stark contrast, I was moved by that same field laid bare with the onset of winter - trees stripped of their leaves and machinery sitting idle. An impromptu picnic led me to an interesting trail filled with ideas for my work. As always, I am drawn to the sea and nearby waterways with their ancient crabs and elegant wildlife, all begging to be captured on canvas.
I can't imaging living anywhere else but near Cape May. Walking the trails and visiting the Bay refresh my soul and inspire my art. I hope to share my enjoyment with those who view my work.