Monet's Wisteria, Giverny, France

Van Gogh's Olive Trees outside St. Paul Mausole, St. Remy de Provence, France

We visited St Paul Mausole psychiatric hospital in St. Remy de Provence, where Vincent Van Gogh was hospitalized after his ear incident in Arles. This is where he created some of his most iconic paintings, including The Starry Night. The experience moved me to create these two plein air works of the scenes Vincent once knew.  I could talk for a long time about Vincent.  We crossed paths time and again.  Most notable was the fact that wind always seemed to blow and rustle grasses and leaves in this area.  I believe that Vincent was't trying to be stylish with his brush strokes.  I believe he was trying to capture the ever-flickering light and movement caused by the wind.

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Van Gogh's St. Paul Mausole, St. Remy de Provence, France

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In a busy plaza in Nice, I photographed a crowd lingering near a fountain.  The intimate embrace of this one couple stood out from all the rest.  It posed so many questions - is the relationship blooming or fading? Are they equally satisfied?

We were fortunate to stay for a few days in Giverny, where Claude Monet lived, painted, and had his gardens.  This was one of many paintings that came from that visit.

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