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^[[ [[double underline]] Alma [[/double underline]] wrote this for Biography
This is where Alma talks about her paintings]]

My Earth paintings are solely inspired from nature. The display of the designs formed by the leaves of a holly tree that covers the bay window in my home greets me each morning. These compositions are framed by the window panes with the aid of the wind as an active designer. The rays of the sunrise flickering through the leaves add joy to their display. 

Man's highest inspirations come from nature. A world without color would seem dead. Color is life. Light is the mother of color. Light reveals to us the spirit and living soul of the world through colors. 

Spring delivers her dynamic sermon to the world each year, drenching one's [[strikethrough]] soul [[/strikethrough]] ^[[thoughts]] with its magnificent outburst of light hues of colors to darker ones as the weather grows warmer. Autumn, with the aid of Jack Frost, gives [[underlined]] overwhelming, luscious [[/underlined]], strong colors to the earth to enrich man's soul, seemingly relieving him of the hardships he encounters in life. 

I have always enjoyed the progressive creativeness of the artist as he releases himself from the past. He gives new, exciting expressions through experiences from this rapidly changing world of science, economics, religion, society, and new materials, etc. I think that is the [[underlined]] reason [[/underlined]] that I evolved to [[strikethrough]] the [[/strikethrough]] this type of statement in my present paintings. The irregular strokes give an interesting free pattern to the canvas, ^[[creating]] white intervals that punctuate the color stripes. There is a rhythmic movement obtained, too. I do not use masking tape. Sometimes a few pencil marks are employed to [[overwritten]] keep [[/overwritten]] ^[[help]] me from becoming too [[strikethrough]] entangled [[/strikethrough]] ^[[involved]] in the stripes. The large circular canvasses, however, are freely designed. 

My earth paintings are inspired by the display of azaleas at the Arboretum, the cherry blossoms, circular flower beds, the nurseries as seen from planes that are airborne, and by the foliage of trees in the Fall. 
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