Seascape

seascape

Color relief woodcut
22" x 24"

private collection

While thinking about interpretation and perception of art, I came upon a wonderful quotation attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. 

It was written in the 1500's, which made me wonder about how some things never change. He wrote in his notebook, "It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places in which... you may find really marvelous ideas." He speaks to us today in the universal language of creativity. Reaching across the centuries it was as if he entered the present and understood all the striving and gesturing of todays art. And he said it's OK. My studio is packed with oil paints and canvases that share space with woodblock supplies, and photography. The work is predominately representational, still I enjoy abstraction and experimentation. Leonardo da Vinci's words are a wonderful inspiration for me.