The Sibley Park garden paintings The garden series started in 2004 and is an actual park in Mankato, Minnesota. I have enjoyed the freedom of the brushstroke to project light and color. The garden has a long tradition in art, as a symbol of paradise or as glimpse of earthly perfection. The garden itself has continued to evolve and in these paintings it is always a summer morning in Minnesota at peak blossoms. Recently I've added the presence of visitors strolling through the space.