The inspiration for this painting comes from my love of nature, my garden, backyard and observing the beauty contained there. I painted several studies of this ant exploring the hollyhock just after my mom's best friend died so this was also a tribute to him. Of the studies, this is my personal favorite.
In 1996 I read Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" and became inspired that MAYBE I could paint. In 1997 I took an oil painting class in Beaumont, California with A. Goodman. I joined the San Gorgonio Pass Artist's Association and Hemet Valley Art Association and won many awards in juried shows with my landscape and seascape paintings. I am a member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
In 2006 my husband and I moved to New Mexico and I joined the Rio Grande Art Association and New Mexico Art League. I took a plein air painting workshop "Enchanted Landscapes" with David W. Mayer April 22-24, 2010 in Albuquerque. I started an art blog, joined Twitter, LinkedIn and added a Jo Anne Neely Gomez Art Studio page on Facebook.
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