Life lately...

Monday was a busy day, I hung my first solo exhibition, Gifts from the Garden. The exhibition is a collection of floral still-life paintings, celebrating the sense of beauty I find in the natural world. Most all of the flowers and plant life in these paintings come directly from my garden. I find so much pleasure in the miracle of planting a seed and seeing it grow into a healthy and beautiful plant. 20130506 WAA-May-exhibition-2

20130506 WAA-May-exhibition-1 I am honored to be the May 2013 Featured Artist in the Vulcan Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.

This coming Saturday, if you are in the area and are free, please stop by to attend the opening reception. I will be speaking about the inspiration behind these paintings and will follow my talk with a painting demonstration.

When: Saturday, May 11th, 2013 Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm, talk to start sometime between 6:45-7pm Where: Workhouse Arts Center Vulcan Gallery, Building 16, First Floor 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079

And for the past few weeks, preparing some paintings for this exhibition has consumed my sole attention, except for when I am in the garden with Naomi...

20130503-naomi-watering-can {Naomi loves using the watering can}

This spring has been a particularly beautiful one in the garden.   After three summers of nurturing and augmenting my flower beds, I am really beginning to enjoy to fruits of my labor...  We have irises blooming now, and pansies, and forget-me-nots, and lilacs...


...the peonies are full of buds, and the dahlias and ranunculus are beginning to poke out of the ground, along with hollyhocks, cone flowers, daisies, and some lilies.

Naomi and I have also been busy with new plantings, we have added a new oriental poppy, along with a new rose... is good in the garden.