i am finding inspiration in the landscape paintings of the 19th century artist George Inness--particularly his later work. these are the kind of paintings i would like to make if i ever really try my hand at plein air. he was quoted saying: "The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist's own spiritual nature." i relate a great deal to that. i believe he was a man who knew God and knew that nature was glorious because it was made by God...and i find such joy in that!!

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