I titled this painting “New Spring” because it offers optimism and newness in a unique color pattern intrinsic to the Pacific Northwest. A certain kind of visual magic happens in early spring when deciduous trees bud and flower in soft colors of pink, white and yellow in contrast with the region’s deep evergreen forests.

As I painted this scene I realized that each brush stroke represented millions of tiny flowers or leaves. The resultant colors are very harmonious to my eye and subsequently are interesting to paint. The challenge to the viewer may be the lack of an obvious focal point, but those that take the time look a little deeper will discover that it is these color harmonies themselves that are the focus. Singly the colors are interesting enough, but when in tandem to the whole scene they become exciting.