What inspired your winning entry? While I was in Ohio teaching a studio workshop during a few brutally cold, snowy days in February, we had a brief break in the weather one evening, and my host offered to drive me around to take some photos. We managed to time things just right, and I was able to stockpile a ton of photos that captured incredible magic-hour evening light on beautiful winter scenery. The long, dramatic shadows cast on the little white building in this piece especially called to me at this location. It was like the shadows were putting on a show at that moment, like at a drive-in movie, and the building was the screen.
How does the painting fit in with the rest of your body of work? Snow scenes remain high on my list of favorite subjects to paint. I tend to be attracted to the color palettes used for snow, such as the one used here, which seem to come more easily to me than for other landscape subject matter.
What’s the most meaningful recognition you’ve received for your artwork? I feel most honored when artist peers or art appreciators take the time to write me a personal note, or seek me out at an event, to tell me that my work has had an impact on them.
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