The Roads Less Traveled
My inspiration and peace of mind come from those roads less traveled and the elements that come along with them. The nav system in my car simply assures that I make it to that big red dot at the end of my day when I’m done exploring the roads that have grass down the middle and ditch weeds waist high. These are the roads that have cows, sheep and a stunning view around each turn both in the United States and Ireland. Now I can’t say I haven’t been in some interesting situations traveling these places but I figure that is all part of my adventure called life. My paintings come from those adventures where I’ve slowed my life down to a snails pace and gotten into life’s little predicaments. These are places I can assure you my technology laden life are far from my thoughts. Being able to explore the land, meet the people and experience the daily “grind” that instilled determination, courage and perseverance into past generations truly answers family curiosities and fill my creative soul. All of this is what brings a sense of serenity to the works that I create.
What I’ve learned is that life is meant to be lived more often in the small simple pleasures of life. Take the time to notice the “weed” flowers, the intense color of the sky, or just sit on that mountainside and let the soft sea breeze kiss your face as you gaze into the past or the future. While driving I love the rustic simplicity of the roadside and the repetition of fence posts. There is something comforting about the predictability of a weathered line of fence posts one after another that remind me of past generations of family members.
My hope would be that my works would bring you the same calmness
and desire for the simplier things in life.
Remember to take the roads less traveled...there are treasures in the grassy tracks.
• Born in LeMars, Iowa • Educated in Pella, Iowa • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa •
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Huntsville, AL 35802
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