Mary LaGarde finished her latest painting. The painting, Aspens Spring I, is oil on canvas and is 36″ X 60″. Mary is a portrait painter by background. She decided recently to use the Venetian method of portrait painting to create portraits of aspen trees. She believes that the subjects of her paintings have almost human characteristics which she attempts to capture in her paintings. Mary has the amazing ability to paint with both her right and left hands and it is not unusual to see her painting with the canvas upside down.