Texas Tears & Landscapes
The origin of my OBSESSION with landscape paintings
I’ll let you in on a little secrete. Well, I guess it’s not a secrete now that it’s on my website. I never cared much for landscape paintings. I’ve always loved the beauty in nature but as a painting, I thought they were not my style. Little did I know.
Then one day, my husband and I were on our way from Austin to Dallas. That’s normally a 3 hour drive. It took us NINE hours to get there. We left without realizing one of those epic Texas storms was on its way.
We drove through the countryside trying to escape traffic from one major highway to the next. Surely if I35 was shut down to a halt, I 45 would be better, right? Wrong. The whole highway was flooded. Totally and completely flooded.
Each time as we tried to find a backroad to get around it, the police were just ahead of us shutting down the road. We had more than enough time to look around and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Although the drive itself was stressful as we kept considering the very real possibility we’d be sleeping in the car, I found such peace looking around at the clouds and the wide open land. There’s just something about an open horizon that makes my heart sing. As soon as we got home, I literally could not stop painting landscapes. That was almost 5 years ago and my obsession with stormy skyscapes carries on.