When you wander the side streets of Santa Fe, you turn a corner and find images like this. I painted this scene from a photo I took a year ago. The newly opened leaves, the delicate April air and the soft breezes were enchanting. Perhaps going from sea level to an altitude of 7,100 caused that reaction, but I prefer to think it was because I was in New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment.
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This historical novel combines romance with intrigue to create a tale of love, loss and survival in early twentieth-century China. Japanese forces wreak havoc in Shanghai, and World War II looms on the horizon. When war ravages Asia, the lead characters are caught in the crossfire.
Walking through San Francisco’s Chinatown is like stepping into a different world. A good friend allowed me to work from her photo, Rainy Day in Chinatown (janeluriephotography.wordpress.com). The deeper I worked into the painting, the more I appreciated what a unique moment she had captured. When I asked her about it, she said she has returned to that location many times and never seen anything again that approaches what she captured that day.
Although Tiger is a medium-sized dog, his personality is larger than life. I worked from a photo his parents took when Tiger was racing towards them across a meadow.
I decided to post an unfinished painting to show the birth process of a piece. I never know quite how long it will take to finish a painting. My photographer friend Jane Lurie has allowed me to work from her photo, A Rainy Day in Chinatown. You can see this beautiful photo of San Francisco on her blog: janeluriephotography.wordpress.com.
If you take the backroads that run through South Carolina’s Sea Islands, you just might come across a scene like this. The weaving of sweetgrass baskets goes back hundreds of years.
I worked from a photo taken by Jane Lurie. You can see her work at janeluriephotography.wordpress.com.
During the four years I spent in Hong Kong, I met individuals who inspired me to write this historical novel.
My book combines romance with intrigue to create a compelling tale of love and loss in early twentieth-century China. War will ravage Asia, and Wei-chen and Hui-lan could be caught in the cross fire.
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