What I love most about painting is how it makes me focus on my environment, even when I'm not painting at that moment. Unremarkable activities like a drive down the freeway become exciting when I try to figure out how I'd paint the light on the trees, the reflections in the cars, the color of the mountains. I paint almost exclusively on location, and the hours spent completely absorbed in the scene make it a memory that stays vivid long after I finish the painting. It has enriched my life tremendously.
Currently, I'm working mostly in pastels, and I'm predominantly painting landscapes. I had been sketching for several years when my sister Lily gave me a set of pastels and urged me to bran
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