FLORAL AND STILL LIFE
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ABOUT THE PAINTINGS IN THE ART GALLERY
I love growing flowers. I'm fascinated by the way flower petals turn and twist and the way colors can look like sunshine or something cool and calm. My grandmother loved to grow flowers too. I remember when I was a child, she would give me a basket and I was allowed to cut flowers from her garden to bring into the house. I always felt like it was a special occasion. I have continued the tradition (without a basket) and my granddaughters are allowed to pick whatever flowers they think are "special" at the time to put in a vase in the kitchen window. The still life paintings remind me of my grandmother as she drank tea and read books. I also used some of her linens in my paintings.
The landscapes are from places in which I have fond memories of. My husband, David and I go to Farmington Bay Bird Refuge to watch more than 200 bird species that inhabit the wetlands. Sometimes we take our granddaughters. They are so fascinated with everything they see, from birds to frogs to bugs. The first time that we went to the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) was when my youngest daughter turned nine and she wanted to have Black Forest cake in the Black Forest. The view over the Zugspitz, Germanys' highest mountain is absolutely breathtaking and I felt like I was standing on top of the world. The old monastery of St. Bartholomew is beautiful any time of year. It can only be reached by boat and the beautiful white building with the red onion domes can be seen from a long distance away. There are so many wonderful places in the world to see.