"All of us, I believe, carry a memory of Eden. Life began in that garden, and
for me, many of the good things of life are still to be found in gardens. I
would even say that, much as I love a manor house, I am best pleased by the
extensive gardens that wreathe these stately homes in natural splendor.
When I came upon the blooming Spring Gate, I accepted its invitation to
explore - partly to satisfy a secret longing for the splendid gardens I
expected to discover within. And, since this is a locale of the imagination,
I haven't been disappointed. 'The Gardens Beyond Spring Gate' are as
sumptuous and satisfying as I can make them.
The third print in my Spring Gate series illustrates my belief that gardens
truly are the loveliest imaginable setting for a civilized life. The manor
house, as grand and imposing as it is, serves as a gateway to this marvelous
garden. Imagine taking tea at the gem-bright reflecting pool, while the
perfume of blossoms washes over you, and the rustling breeze in the dogwood
trees mingles with the tinkle of falling water in the fountain. Now that is
my idea of a visit to Eden.
By the way as a tribute to my recently celebrated 40th birthday, I've hidden
40 N's within this painting, Perhaps you can enjoy a cup of tea in this
imaginary garden as you search for them!"