One of my favorite things to paint and admire are cacti. Growing up, my dad raced motorcycles in the Mojave Desert. I am very familiar with the California desert surroundings as I spent many hours riding through the landscape. As young kids, my brother and I had a little motorcycle. One time, around the age of eight, I remember riding ahead of my mom on my small motorcycle. We were riding along a thin, short ravine. I had a difficult time staying steady on the bumpy dirt road and fell down the ravine into a spiny cactus. My mom lifted me and, for many minutes, pulled cactus spines from my hands and legs. With this experience, you would think cacti would be the last thing I would want to paint. We had many other great times in the desert. One of the most beautiful places in California is the Joshua Tree National Park. We have taken our children (now teenagers) to visit the desert.
Here you will see my cactus doodles, as well as a photograph of the type of cactus I remember falling into. Desert34IMG_2234IMG_2782IMG_6722IMG_7808