October 08th, 2020
At the southern end Silicon Valley is where I live. I remember " the Valley of Hearts Delight " to be a peaceful country town, a farming community of orchards and row crops. Before that it was a peaceful valley between to hills, full of large oaks. There were so many oak trees providing shade for deer, bobcats & the Ohlone Indians. Migrating geese and ducks migrated through twice a year, stopping near ponds & creeks, with the sycamore trees for a rest. The migration continues and when I hear the geese calling, I think they are calling me on to a new adventure.
Now the oaks are gone, the orchards and row crops are gone. In my artwork I want to imbue the quiet, sereneness of those days. To capture that ethereal sense. We are blessed we have many lovely county parks we may visit to give us a glimpse of nature.
I live in Santa Clara county and have been painting the light and movement of what I find beautiful, and I am blessed to find many things beautiful.