I live and work in a natural wooded area and find inspiration everywhere. A t-shirt, invitation, wallpaper, a scene in a movie, a dream, a sunset or a walk through the woods may trigger an idea for a painting. I love painting on wood with acrylics and enjoy building texture and mixing glazes to achieve my style. Today I want to paint a bird inspired by the tapestry I used over the weekend at the “Garden Serenade” in Apalachicola. It has a mauve colored background that attracted my attention. I’ve never created a painting starting with a mauve background. I want to paint an elephant with lotuses, a forest path, and something coastal.