I’ve always been fascinated by contrasts: the interplay of light and shadow, bright colors spotlighted against dark backgrounds, soaring heights ending in meadow streams.
Christmas time in Indianapolis brought holiday lights to our eaves and they danced on the walls at bedtime. Better yet was the strange beauty of moonlight on the snowy lawn in the wee hours of a December night.
Driving through dusty gravel roads in southern Indiana in August brought wonderful shadows from the woods, the flash of a red-winged blackbird, and dazzling sunlight when the road brought us to a farmer’s field.
But alas, no soaring heights to contrast with the flatness of Central Indiana.
Today my inspiration is the beauty of the everyday and unusual angles, dramatic lighting, and nature’s intricacies still capture my attention.
My “Sweet and Savory” series of food and drink arose as I wandered through the Farmers Market, sat on the patio at Gringo’s, and admired the pastries at Fresh Market.
The countless miles I’ve walked around Raleigh’s parks taught me the best places to wait for herons, when the ferns will emerge, and that wild turtles can learn to “come when called” for feeding. Thus, my “Naturally” series of wildlife, landscapes, and other parts of nature came into being.
My latest series is “City of Oaks”, a tribute to my adopted hometown of Raleigh.
I am blessed to spend my second act in North Carolina, away from snowy lawns, but just hours from the beach. This Hoosier-born woman is happy to live between the mountains and the sea.