I live in the Sonoran Desert, and it is a constant source of inspiration and amazement to me. I love painting my surroundings, and this year will focus not just on the "big picture" but on the little things. Closeups. Small fleeting wonders that I notice as I work in the yard or walk the neighborhood. And when I do big pictures, I will focus on some fleeting aspect of it, like the painting above done at Feliz Paseos Park in Tucson. It's titled Twin Hills at Five P.M., and I literally was packing my car up to leave after working there one afternoon, when I looked up and saw, as the sun began to set, how much more dramatic the scene was I'd just finished painting. I took my paints back out and painted the dark shadows on the mountains and deepened and lengthened the ones under the trees and on their shadowed sides. It took me about another five minutes and it transformed the painting. It's the little things.