Where the Wind Blows Free
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I have put the final brush strokes to my miniature painting for the Phippen Miniature Masterpiece Show. It is a small painting but I am pleased with it. It has a boldness of stroke that is the direction I wish to go in future work. Definitive brushwork pleases me in paintings. I can follow the artists mind and vision as they move through a piece. It is relaxing to know they were confident of their decisions and fully aware of their ultimate goal. In this piece I have made a simple statement, but I feel it is a strong one. That is my goal in painting, and I hope to take it to a more sophisticated level in larger work. "Where the Wind Blows Free" is a painting of our son, Brooks, on the family ranch south of the Grand Canyon. There, the wind is a constant companion and it blows freely and often. My son is like the wind...although quiet at times, can be strong, powerful and undeniably present. This country and lifestyle is his legacy...he a fifth generation in our family to raise cattle in Arizona. I pray he can continue at what he does so well.