A parting shot of my cool, shady studio garden before I travel towards NM tomorrow. I started this large garden four years ago on the steep bank that rises up just outside my studio door. Because of the slope, it is a secret garden hidden from view in the yard, until you start down the steps that lead to my door.
Early on I planted mostly perennial flowers and various kinds of ground cover, and have added more plants, interesting stones, broken pottery, and driftwood over the years. The plants have matured, each year more lush, and have spread in both directions along the bank. The whole thing has always felt like a collaboration with nature rather than something I'm in charge of...the plants ramble, intertwine, and form a complex carpet of textures and colors--resonating with the more organic aspects of my painting.