Time bends along with our travels and through it, slowly and periodically paint touches the surface. I am not alone. Others before me have been far more engrossed in the sun, moon, and the stars and their shadows fall upon all lands. But it is a discovery to find that the sketches of my youth were really the paintings of the future and that experience and knowledge would be the coloring.

Discovery is the thread that weaves my life as an artist. Adventure is discovery. When I was selected as a Fulbright exchange teacher to Paisley, Scotland, I was destined to discover. My life certainly is marked before or after that year. It was the year that I first set foot on the islands of Orkney, Scotland.

For years, I played with and developed the idea of taking my love of sky and undulating landscapes and crossing it with the shapes of the powerful standing stones of Orkney. When I look at the first photos I used for inspiration, I am amazed at the differences. Something was inside the land and standing stones of Orkney that reached out and touched me. It released me from false constraints and freed me to find my own ideas of colors and beauty.

For me, Jeanne Bouza Rose, there is something in the land of the standing stones, its sky, and the wind. Or perhaps, it really is inside each of us. It just takes the right moment, the right place, and maybe the right person or two, for all the forces to meet and grow with strength. With that strength comes the power to fly forward and to create that which one never imagined possible. Through this, connections may then be forged to others linking us all with ties to our ancient roots of the earth and its standing stones…to the Artworks of the Earth.

Jeanne Bouza Rose
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