12×18 original pastel on sanded paper
I look at some of my paintings I did a while ago, and I see abstract shapes in backgrounds. I think I was playing with abstractness back then, though really cutting loose with abstracts is a new phenomenon for me. I notice progress, trends, and starts in my work. I painted this while living in California. When we arrived, I was in awe of the oranges, lemons and grapes that grew in abundance. I grew up in Nevada, where sagebrush grows, so to see such color and juiciness was a sensory delight.