I approach all the subject matter of my paintings in the same way. What is it I am seeing today? What is important to me this moment? I am generally upbeat, but during the tough times I have found focusing on something beautiful acts as a stalwart against the general malaise around me. My current post is about my begonia and squash. After 15 years I have finally found the right window for this plant …..north light……. so it will be a constant theme this winter. What can you say about squash? Love the word , so dense with meaning and boy how much of this stuff can we eat? Although I love my large paintings, it is the work in the small sketchbooks that give me pleasure. They are documents of survival . This page is evidence of how I felt January 4, 2009.