It was an exceptionally gray morning as I crossed the bridge from Florida into Alabama (you can see the bridge in the far distance of my location photo). I chose this tree as my subject because of it's character of form and the way it arose out of the earth and occupied that location. One of my favorite quotes was taught to Monet by Boudin "One must show extreme stubbornness to retain the first impression, which is the right one." As I paint outside, the world turns, the light shifts, the water changes colors, boats go by, and the sky is in constant transformation. On this day vivid patches of blue sky peaked through the heavy cloud covering. This silhouette of a scrubby oak seemed to be aware that just beyond that bay a Florida vacation awaited. 'That which is worth while in a landscape is the expression of human emotion in it." [Robert Henri, The Art Spirit]
"Alabama Tree with a Florida View", 16x20 oil on gallery wrap canvas, SOLD - Merrill Miller's Interiors, Orange Beach, AL
If you let a tourist take your photo, you may grow antlers.