Where it all began
I was twelve years old. Maybe. Possibly ten. Ok, I was young, not sure hold old, but I do vividly remember how I felt. My emotions were bigger than me. I don’t remember why but I had a very rough disagreement with my mamma (whom I love dearly but as a child drove her crazy fighting-I’m sure payback with my own daughter will be fun). With tears in my eyes and rage I didn’t know what to do with I walked out the door right into the woods.
Was I escaping or running toward something?
The forest canopy engulfed me and made the turmoil within become still. It was quiet. I would lay down on an old tree that had long ago fallen over and just stare at the forest canopy. I literally would feel a wave of calm come over me.
That one spot was my favorite place to get away. From there I could walk through the woods on a trail to the neighboring park and follow a stream to my friends neighborhood. Sometimes she would meet me at the stream and we would go exploring. Great memories were made on these walks.
I suppose that is the beginning of my connection to the forests. Since then I have still felt that draw to be surrounded by the green canopy of the woods. I’ve always taken time to go on hikes, relax camping, share my love of nature with my children. For as long as I can remember this love has carried over to my art.
I will now bring a sketchbook or take pictures and meditate on these trips when I paint in my studio. It brings me peace and joy to capture the spirit of that moment in my work. There is just so much beauty around us. The calming energy in the forest and rejuvenating powers in the streams and lakes I walk among have become my source of inspiration, which I now share with the world.