I loved the fact that you painted these pieces with a palate knife— so detailed and alive. I have the 5 paintings lined up across the room from where I often sit. I find that just looking at them is meditative and relaxing. I grew up in the Midwest where sky is a big part of your life. Your paintings make me miss the sky. So, I decided to do something about it. Last year I came across a landscape pastel artist who offered to teach me how to paint with pastels. I’ve been going to him for almost a year now. I’m slowly getting better and am learning so much about value patterns and color relationships. But the most important thing is that I’m simply falling in love with painting landscapes. The sky is now a part of my life and I find that I see things differently.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your indirect inspiration. That little stop in the Alamosa gallery has helped shape me.
— John Dupre, Organizational Consultant