What is the most interesting thing you have painted/sculpted and why?
Cecy Turner: The most interesting thing I’ve painted is usually the last challenging thing I’ve painted, in this case, “Reaching Beyond.” Every time I made a stroke on it and stood back, I felt like I was there again (Canyonlands National Park). I added the little road at the bottom of the canyon that we found and took a harrowing trip down the canyon in our jeep – an unforgettable memory that I think of every time I look at the painting.
How do you find inspiration?
Cecy Turner: I find inspiration in the diverse areas I’ve been fortunate enough to visit. Each place has different subjects as well as light, atmosphere, inspiring sounds (including quietness), and seasons. Sometimes when I return from a trip and I’m ready to do larger paintings of what I’ve seen, I have obligations and must put that off. Then when I’m looking for a reference photo and run across those pictures again, I get excited and can’t stop painting the aha moments I had on that trip. I’m fortunate to have a second home in Colorado and paint mountains, snow, aspens, rivers, different things from my Texas landscape.
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