It takes courage not to choose the path of least resistance. Our inner voice encourages us to "pull ourselves up by the boot straps" instead of being hindered by regret. The freedoms we enjoy in Springfield today is directly due to the courage of many veterans. This painting depicts our ancestors bravely making decisions that affect each and every one of us today. It represents us, too. That inner voice tells us to be courageous, to step out of our comfort zone and make a difference for our descendants. This painting helps give me direction in my artwork as well as in my daily life.
When antique cars converge on downtown Springfield, you'll find me there. It's great to see owners socialize with other antique car aficionados. The reflections dancing off the highly polished paint excite me. The colors of the two cars in my painting were poured to create a highly reflective light.
"This painting was done after research about Isle Royale, a small, isolated island near Upper Peninsula, Michigan. It is home to a unique predator-prey relationship between wolves and moose. The two species have had virtually no human interaction, as the island is protected by national park status, and there is little migration of animals into and out of the island. The unique single predator, single prey allows for precise research on predator-prey relationships and of the fluctuation of the two populations. Since 1958, scientists have conducted an ongoing study of these two animals.