Recently I read about an artist who has closed down
her studio and is traveling all over our beautiful country to visit and paint
all of our National Parks. How exciting to have the time and resources to
undertake such an ambitious project. It would be quite a task to pick out just
a few National Parks to visit and to paint. The artist, Fitz Maurice from
Laguna Beach CA, wants to keep the parks in "people's hearts and
minds". I hope she succeeds in that goal because those glorious National
Parks are our true treasure.
thankful toThomas Jefferson, who sent Lewis and Clark to explore the Northwest, John Muir
for his inspiration and journeys, Theodore Roosevelt for his interest in
establishing some of our most amazing National Parks, and Ansel Adams for his
monumental photographs of them.
For the past few years, our
daughter, Allison, has planned family trips to one or more of the National
Parks each summer. To photograph and later paint these wonders of nature is a
significant opportunity in the life of an artist.
This summer, I hope you will
have the chance to visit and take pictures in some of our National Parks.