The work of Georgia O'Keefe and a newly found influence for my own paintings.

I am finally back to blogging after an extended hiatus. My husband and I have just returned from a hiking/art trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I have a newfound appreciation for the work of Georgia O'Keefe. I've always admired her courage and immense talent, but my knowledge of her paintings has been limited to a very narrow window of her more well known works of flowers and canyons. The magic moment occurred when I had the opportunity to visit her home and studio in Abiquiu outside of Santa Fe and also the museum dedicated to preserving and showing her work in Santa Fe. The paintings at the museum so spellbinding to me were of the Cottonwood trees that are prevalent in this part of the country. Her lyrical, mystical, sweeping brushstrokes capture the living spirit of trees, something I strive for daily in my work. I've read that O'Keefe once told artist Marsden Hartley, "I wish all people were trees, and I think I could enjoy them."