Painting the process of 'Painting Trees in Portugal.' This scene was from my studio window in SJ da Madeira, Portugal. I have been here for nearly a year.
Music: Everything but the Girl 'Missing' *
I enjoy the art of storytelling through my real life experiences. I use a limited palette of primary colors. I enjoy its simplicity. It helps keep me focused and the painting harmonious. Colors are the musical notes I help compose a painting with. Colors and brush strokes reflect my emotional state at that point and I’ve learned to trust it. And learned to honor it. It’s taken many years to trust the process. And I’m proud to be a hard-working student and teacher. There’s always so much to learn, and painting is learning about yourself and life within you and around you. I also think it’s important to pass your knowledge on to others, and I have such joy passing what I have learned to other painters and enthusiasts. I draw and paint what gives my life meaning. Period.