The Lord has been good to me, far beyond any deserving on my part. I underwent a well-planned brain surgery (DBS) for my Parkinson’s condition nearly a year ago (September 2022), performed by the skilled surgeons and fine care I received at my local University of Virginia hospital in Charlottesville. Things have turned out well in no small part owing to the prayers of many friends and family. No significant complications to date, and my “painting hand” tremor and some other troublesome symptoms (the major goal of the surgery) has improved, and not prevented me from beginning a few paintings and finishing others.
Besides all that there is the sensation that I’ve arrived to the age of 66 much sooner than I thought I would. So it feels. One aspect of this aging phenomena, for me, is that the images and colors I actually experienced decades ago, of outdoors in particular, seem to grow in vividness. It’s really quite amazing.
So I have (fortunately) a number of mostly- or partially-finished oil sketches of outdoor subjects from 30 or 40 years ago, here in my studio, as it were waiting to be finished. And I’m having a blast doing just that, finishing mostly small paintings of New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and California. And as I complete these works I can almost feel the air, smell the smells, and especially experience the colors, light, and shadows of these outdoor subjects. Please take a look within this website, at the “galleries” (under “paintings”) and you’ll find images of a number of freshly completed landscape subjects, of especially the years spent in New Mexico.