From my childhood, I have a vivid memory of running through a huge field of wild flowers and grasses. Butterflies and birds and crickets and grasshoppers were all in abundance. And the colors lit from the sun in the clear cobalt blue sky were indelibly branded into my brain. The sheer joy of those moments have been a precious treasure over the years. And I renew that memory every time I pick up my paint brush and explore another nook and cranny. Nature always inspires me with the deepest of Joy.