My work is about exploring, deconstructing, simplifying, abstracting, and reconstructing how I view the world. I find the sublime in the ordinary though paint. It’s not so much about the representation of a specific place in time but more about how the paint can create an experience of its own. Through paint I investigate and appreciate my world, and as I do I create something wholly new. For me, a painting begins with an observation or an idea, way before stepping in front of the canvas. I notice light on leaves and trees in the woods, deep shadows beneath flowers in a meadow or a tangle of vines, the warmth of the soil or the cool quiet and weight of an overcast sky. Often a subconscious absorption of my surroundings appears in my work as I bring observations back to the canvas and begin the process of making marks. Each brush stroke, scratch, or space of bare canvas is part of the process. I move back and forth from a series of marks to the composition they create and the moment they represent. Through that push and pull, I express the energy and mood of the place and how it made me feel.