My personal sources of creative inspiration

Art is undoubtedly an expression of human thoughts and feelings, language spoken through visual cues on canvas. My inspiration comes in bursts at unusual places and at random, unpredictable moments. When a wave of inspiration strikes it can be intense. It's almost as if I can't wait to put what I'm thinking into action and expose it to the world. Sometimes it doesn't turn out anything like what I originally envisioned and instead takes on a whole new direction and thats ok, as long as it's beautiful I'm satisfied.

It's funny because knowing all too well that art is subliminal form of self expression always scared my husband since most of my art was to displayed for sale in our furnitures stores. He knows me, I can be outspoken to put it gently. He reminded me to keep it neutral and mainstream, no political of controversial messages as not to offend customers. ugh! He would even go so far as to request that I match paint colors with the pillows and accessories to compliment vignettes of furniture groupings, I was happy to oblige given this art sold fast along with the furniture it coordinated with and after all, a girls got to eat but talk about being opportunistic, gag! 

 

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Now that we've decided to take the liberating, downsizing plunge and close those grueling stores in pursuit of a more stressless, simplistic country lifestyle,  I'll be free to paint subject matter of what ever I want, yeah! No more trying to appeasing the happy shiny families of the upscale suburban community.

Stay tunes for a series of thought provoking paintings  that reflect my inner turmoil regarding my distain for the fault in human character, environmental decay, and animal rights, particularly industrialized factory farming.

So, back to the subject matter of sources of inspiration. I got off track there for a moment. Forgive the obvious but I truly do feel most inspired when I'm in awe of the splendor of nature. A windmill next to a massive trophy oak standing alone in a pasture in Driftwood Texas, A longhorn who lives in a pasture destined for destruction by construction to be a residential subdivision along Hamilton Pool Rd in Bee Cave, Texas, see my piece titled "Hatchet Track". 

 

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A historical neon sign of a cowboy at a dinner called Nutty Brown in Dripping Springs Texas that's soon to be taken down to build a strip mall.

Trouble is, the kinds of places I find most appealing keep getting closed or torn down.

What do I want to say with my art?

Treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric, whatever is made out of caring. Find the beauty in the worn and battered. Capture an iconic venue where someone’s best memories were made while it still stands.”

These are just a few of my inspirations for a series of works in my "Vanishing Texas" collection. I aim to capture what remains of these iconic figures soon to be forgotten by future generations. What local landscapes have inspired you? I always enjoy when folks give me their ideas as to what I should turn into a work of art! I enjoy turning those into private commissioned pieces or just adding them to my collection of ideas for future work. 

 

Nutty Brown Sign Dripping Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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