This artwork was begun as I drove through the Napa Valley and spotted some grapevines which I felt compelled to stop and photograph.
I like the way the orderliness of the rows and stakes that are part of vine cultivation contrast with the wild irregularities of the vines themselves--the way the leaves grow in all directions and shooters poke out from above the vast sea of green.
This tree is in a residential area near our home but, wanting the focus of the painting to be on the tree's shape and branches, I placed it at the edge of a field instead of a road.
Less than a block from my home I spotted an egret perched on the metal rack on a work truck with the marsh and bay as a backdrop. I pulled over to photograph him, and he let me get close without flying away.
This subject of this intuitive piece started as a split in the earth caused by an earthquake but morphed into the side of an eroding mountain.
A friend of my husband's photographed this scene. I enjoyed playing with the color temperature of the snow on the hillside and barn roofs.
The marsh, visible from my studio, changes color with both the seasons and time of day. Here I created most of the artwork with a palette knife and sponge, using a brush only for the water.