My newest painting was a labor of love. As you drive out of the small village of Scotia NY where I live, there is a sprawling farm on Route 5 connecting east to west. It sits down a hill overlooking fields that stretch down to Lock 8 and the Mohawk River. This past summer the river flooded during Hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee. The fields of corn were drowning in mud and water jumped the river's banks and formed new channels around the concrete locks. Luckily the farm sits just far enough from the river to survive the worst of the flood damage. I was compelled to paint this beautiful farm that is within walking distance of my house. I am hoping to do a series of paintings showcasing the natural beauty of this farm as it passes through the seasons and in the future not take for granted the beauty so close to home.