Sonoma County artist, Marsha Connell, presents Peaceful Edge of Nature, a collection of paintings that capture wild places that calm the spirit. As Connell sets up her easel under the watchful presence of Mount St. Helena, she becomes one with the landscape. Drawing on her background as painter and naturalist observer, she absorbs the configurations of shapes, shadows, trees and sky from a certain perspective. Dancing in the landscape, she responds to shifts in color, texture and temperature to create works in oil, pastel and watercolor. “I hope viewers find serenity and rejuvenation in these interpretations of unique environments and will also be inspired to protect wild habitats - breathing spaces for body and spirit, and safe havens for many creatures,” said the artist. She is inspired by the underlying music of locales, such as Pepperwood Preserve Sonata, Laguna de Santa Rosa Opera, Bolinas Lagoon Blues.