It was 25°F. I had to use hand warmers to keep the paint from freezing. And I didn't care. Just being able to be in this landscape along the Bitterroot River in Montana was heaven to me. This photo says it all. I love to paint landscapes in person.

To me, each landscape has a voice and is singing a special song that day. I try to capture that song with my brush or my pencil. I love to sketch the critters that live there as well, even if I don't always see them in person.

I paint in oil, watercolor, and mixed media. Each medium brings out a different quality in a landscape, so I change media to match the landscape. Others drive or walk by landscapes, but painters embrace them. That's what I love.

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