On the rural Island where I live it is common to come across sheep grazing in a pasture, cows curled up under a tree in the summer shade, or a group of hens pecking at the grass along the fence lines of their pens. It may be the calmness of the animals or the simplicity of the scenes, but these moments convey a sense of peace. This is what I try to bring to my studio. I begin with images of the animals, allowing their forms to determine the composition. I then let my intuition and whimsy play with colors and paint marks until the animals have come to life and the hues are balanced. My hope is that these paintings carry with them that same easy feeling that inspires me. I want them to bring joy and a comforting charm to the homes they live in.