"In 2007, a friend and I toured the exhibition of J.M.W. Turner at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. This 19th century artist remains today and one of the best known and admired of all British artists. What I came away with was his free flowing attention to loose detail. I was in awe how his swiping brush strokes created an atmosphere that pulls you into the paintings. I quickly started a large canvas and built layers and layers of acrylic washes to create "Lake of Gold". It took me over a year to perfect the landscape image as it is today. The styles of Turner and Monet are strong influences of my art today. The painting sold this weekend to a private buyer. I hope they have a lifetime of exploring deep into the painting's landscape and finding new images they didn't know were there when they first hung the painting."
- Herb Pulliam