This is Why...

A recent post from Facebook that I wanted to share with my readers. I have also pasted the text below in case you are not on Facebook or have difficulty accessing it. So many are cleaning up from hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and flooding. Somehow I needed to make sense of why I am here in the safety of my studio painting little pictures. Here are my thoughts.

My heart goes out to the people of Waterton Lakes National ParkGlacier National Park (Canada). I painted here this past June when the wildflowers were blooming. In fact, my profile pic was taken there. Now over half of the park is gone, including the visitors' center. Many of the videos and webcams I am seeing are taken from points on which I stood to sketch and paint for The Hockaday Museum of Art's Peace Parks Exhibition in August of 2018. It's going to be difficult producing the studio pieces now, knowing the destruction that has taken place. As I head to Glacier National Park on the U.S. side next week, I'll find much of it has also been taken by fire in the past several weeks/months. This is a huge part of why I paint on location. Documenting the landscape in a personal way not only an artist, but as an historian. It is the same reason I paint FORGOTTEN COAST en PLEIN AIR, America's Great Paint-Out every year with its ever-changing coastline. This is bigger than sales and success. It's important on a different level, yet so incredibly humbling. CBS Sunday Morning needs to know our stories and share them. Don't you think? Every time I paint somewhere, I feel as if that place owns a little of me and me of it. As a plein air painter, do you feel this too? Comment, like, share.