There is a section of the Appalachian Trail in Northern Virginia within the G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area, where trilliums explode with blossoms in spring. I created these two oil paintings from photos my daughter shared with me after hiking through this beautiful area.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina are such a beautiful place! Getting out to Ocrakoke Island is a trek from our home, but getting out there is worth the journey. The beaches are lovely, and I so enjoy the peace and tranquility of the open stretches of sand and sea.
The sea oats that grow on the dunes there help to protect these fragile islands from the Atlantic.
On New Years Day, my daughter went hiking in Cacapon Resort State Park in WV near Berkleey Springs. She took this photo and shared it with me. I just loved this scene, with the mossy ground and the sun shining through the winter trees.
This oil on canvas board captures a spectacular sunset over a cold, snowy winterscape of a wooded creek.
The photos my family took from our vacation to coastal Maine in Acadia National Park in July 2021 continue to inspire me. The rocky coastline is just so beautiful, and very different from the beaches in my home state of NC.
One of my daughters had emailed me some beautiful photos from a recent hike she enjoyed. One of the images was a close-up of a Swallowtail butterfly that was enjoying some sunshine right in the middle of the trail. As much as I love butterflies, I knew this would make a lovely piece. I enjoyed painting this one very much!
My daughter sent me a photo from a motorcycle trip she took, stopping at Blackwater Falls in Davis, WV. This waterfall is beautiful, a 57′ cascade of dark water that is colored by the tannic acid of the fallen hemlock and red spruce needles.
This vibrant scene is from the coast of Oregon, from the Pacific Coast Highway, paralleling the Pacific Ocean. With regular rainfall, this region is filled with prolific greenery.
There is a beautiful stretch of the Appalachian Trail that rolls along just east of the Shenandoah National Forest just outside of Front Royal, Virginia. My daughter sent me a photo of a fall hike that she and her husband enjoyed, and I was inspired to paint it. The beautiful, blue sky peeking through the golden leaves and the trees stretching upward create such a lovely, and peaceful scene. I enjoyed creating this piece very much.
On a camping trip late in 2021, we were delighted with the beauty of the forest at the top of Clingman’s Dome in the Smoky Mountain National Park. The temperature had dropped overnight, and the trees were coated with frost in the morning. It was so beautiful!