|The creative act has always been a part of my life. I enjoy working with my hands, and seeing my thoughts and ideas take shape in
a drawing, painting, or repair project in my home. Working with any tools, whether hammer and saw, or pencil and sharpener, can
be considered a creative act. Because I like to work with the simple objects that surround me, still life painting seemed to be a
natural undertaking, although I didn’t take to it right away. I found it difficult to arrange objects in a manner typical of classic still
life painting, prompting me to seek out alternative, less traditional ways to set up still life objects. I also enjoy painting flowers,
and even venture into the occasional landscape. I find these subjects fascinating because they are the common, everyday things
that surround us. They can hold so much beauty, yet we often take them for granted.
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