"I have always felt drawn to the beauty and serenity of nature and the landscape. I especially enjoy painting landscapes now that so many are being lost to us through development and growth. In my paintings, the trees, streams and hills are usually from a specific place but I hope that the viewers are able to feel that these are things from places that they have also visited. I work from plein studies and reference photos, always rearranging compositions and exaggerating the colors if necessary. I feel my painting is successful if the viewer can look through my eyes and respond to the beauty that I have seen."