I paint almost entirely from direct observation of the landscape. I find the experience of close, extended looking and thoughtful response to be a great challenge, but also the most freeing experience. For me, deep focus on the external world is a means to transcend the limitations of the self for a kind of awakening and a deeper presence to our experience. In this way, painting provides me with an intersection of my interests in Buddhism, Metaphysics and beauty.
The possibility of transformation is a subject in both my painting process and in the landscape subjects I choose to paint; it is my form and my content. Light and atmosphere's ability to transform the physical is my most valued metaphor for conveying our longing for deep freedom and oneness with the world around us and beyond.