By Sarah Grogan
One of the inspirations of this piece was a landscape impressionism painting with bright pastel colors and a relaxed composition. I wanted the viewer to feel the tranquility and seclusion of the gated garden. I love painting with oils because it creates rich colors and allows a lot of flexibility with technique and personal style. It is an 18 x 24" piece, and it took me three months to make it, but it was worth it because I am satisfied with the final result.