This painting would become, several months after its creation, the first I ever sold in a gallery show! “Reaching For the Sky.”
That year I spent a lot of time by myself in the woods on Goucher College’s campus, taking pictures and sketching images of the forest.
I was about to graduate with my art degree. I was starting to figure out how to stick with one subject for a while. The prospect of channeling my artistic focus into something bigger than just one art piece–the idea of creating, as they say, a cohesive body of work, was lighting a fire under me!
If you’re going to consciously dwell on a certain kind of imagery for many years, walking outside by yourself in the woods is not a bad place to start.