This is a new work that I've recently finished entitled Birdsnest. I often explore things in nature and I've been exploring and processing the concept of Home in much of my work lately. I often watch and take photos of birds on my hikes and while I was finishing this painting, there was a bird gathering twigs outside my window to build a nest. She would come, sort through twigs, pick up some, find some better ones, drop what she had and pick up the new ones and once she had gathered as much as she could carry, she would fly up to the top of a tall tree and disappear from my vision. Pretty soon she would be back to gather more twigs. I can only imagine what her nest is looking like after all of her painstaking, meticulous work. All of that diving down into the chaos of twigs, dried up, dead leaves, fallen pine needles, bark dust and dirt to pick up raw material that makes an intricate, elegant and practical home. We often think of birds nests as works of art and our own homes can be designed and decorated to be works of art as well. I think for us artists, our homes must reflect something of our aesthetic to truly be our homes.