Vegetables have been a long time subject matter in my work. I was first drawn to paint them from one of our first times living in Tuscany. I visited the produce market on a daily basis. It was there that I was able to observe the gracious care the salesperson gave each vegetable. In Italy one can't handle the produce, she must allow the salesperson to choose the right one for her. Being a visitor I sometimes wasnt given the best of what they had to offer. Everything was always presented in beautiful displays. The tomatoes were enormous with different shapes from our tomatoes in the USA.
In many of the vegetable paintings, the subject matter is magnified resulting in a more abstract painting in which the viewer questions what it is he is actually looking at. After looking at a close up of one of my red onion paintiings, a viewer told me he never knew how much color existed in the skin of an onion.