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Landscape painting feels like a new-found love, but it's actually an old love, rediscovered.
Now I am expressing what has influenced my creativity for an entire lifetime childhood memories of having both my father and grandfather in the building trade, an ever-present attraction to the things of God, and a high school art teacher that showed me I had a love and an ability to create beauty.
Beauty and creativity connect me with God. When I am building oils onto a canvas, something is happening with God in me that cannot be explained with the word connection. With God, I begin to paint from my gut, even from my toenails! And it draws me even nearer to Him and His people...which then takes me back to the dwellings, homes, and landscapes that I paint: Who lived in them? What was their life like? Did they recognize God in their surroundings like I do?
With gratitude, I am beginning to see what I have been given, and I am now accepting this gift of painting.