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Flowers and plants are my dominant subject matter because the variety of colors and shapes they present constantly intrigue me. I believe that the natural world around us has a bit of inherent symbolism if you look for it and I try to keep that in mind as I imagine a painting. I love that a seed pod or a dying magnolia is as beautiful as the bloom itself.

Ideas of paintings tend to appear in my mind randomly and I always embrace the unexpected appearance of a creative idea.  I try not to question the why so much as to just trust the inspiration. I use  my own reference photos whenever possible with the exception of a limited number of critters not found in my area. Occasionally I paint things other than plants but I always find myself returning to that subject because it continues to resonate with me.

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My assistants mean well but they constantly sleep on the job. 

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