This painting has been purchased by the staff of the Governor's Residence and presented as a gift from them to Governor Rendell and the First Lady. I am honored that my painting will be owned by such an important couple and hope that it becomes a cherished reminder of the eight years they spent living in this beautiful place.
I painted this during an open house tour where I joined a few other artists in demonstrating plein air painting in the gardens. It was a steamy July afternoon but I resisted the urge to quit. Even through 2 passing thunderstorms I just sat under my umbrella and kept painting. I am glad I did.
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