Most people love to paint what is already beautiful. I like to find beauty in what others would find ugly or mundane. Instead of painting beach roses in bloom, I would prefer to paint the beach after the season has gone by. I love the character of old buildings, corners of rooms, interior doorways, hallways, etc. I find it so much more interesting to create beauty from the ugly or overlooked spaces than from what is already obviously beautiful.
For many years, I taught high school art. During that time, my own work was mostly done summers and vacations. It included landscapes and house portraits, many on Cape Cod.
When I retired we moved to Maine. I am thoroughly enjoying having the time available to paint for myself. I have worked in oil, watercolor, and most recently acrylics. My process is as important as the end result. I feel I am at my best when I reach an unconscious level and the painting takes over. In those moments, all I have learned and experienced unconsciously comes through and I am able to apply that knowledge and inspiration collected over many years. It is a form of meditation for me that removes part of me from where I am, while time seemingly stands still.