Inspiration from walks

View of Lake Erie ahead, and downtown Cleveland skyline on the right. As seen from Cliff Drive, Cleveland, Ohio.

I approach making art by observation and thinking.  A core source for ideas is found when I  take a walk in my neighborhood. Direct observation of trees and flora provide an abundance of source material for my work.

My neighborhood is lined with oak, maple, catalpa, sycamore and other trees that thrive in what was once a forest before Cleveland was settled in the late 18th century.  

For the past 20 years I’ve repeated a 2 to 3 mile walk from my house to Edgewater Park near my home.

The park overlooks Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline. I walk from a cliff overlooking Lake Erie and the skyline down to the beach where the rhythmic sounds of water on the shore drown out the sounds of the cars on the upper drive nearby.

I live in a culturally diverse and naturally dynamic location. My observations range from cracks in the sandstone sidewalks, to looking at the seasonal changes of trees, to the birds, flowers, and the people who I see running or walking with their dogs.

These photographs are a journal for me to use as inspiration for making art.