36 x 122cm

Leaf Detail (actual size)

Indian Summer
14" x 48", acrylic, 1992

This is one of my favorite paintings. I like it when a subject is perfect and a painting comes together like this. I was shopping at a bookstore one day when I saw this woman named Fiona working behind a counter. I was struck by the orange/reddish colors in her hair and skin. Right away I knew she belonged in an autumn painting.

Fiona Detail
Indian summer air has a peculiar feel to it. No matter how warm it is, you can always feel an underlying coolness in the wind. I think I captured the major elements of an indian summer. The leaves on the tree are changing color, the falling leaf indicates the passing of summer, and she is enjoying that pleasant indian summer breeze under an autumn sun. When I was young, I always felt a tinge of sadness during this time of year because I knew another winter was just around the corner, but today, I actually look forward to winter. It drives people indoors and the snow buries what was once alive just a while ago.