For over twenty years the primary focus of my work has been landscape. To a lesser degree I have an interest in images of the city, which I think is connected to landscape. What attracts me to painting images based on the natural world is probably similar to that which inspires other artists to depict landscape. For me, there is a sense of the spiritual underlying the beauty of nature. I appreciate the sense of freedom that I experience when painting landscape. There is a quality to these kinds of images that allows for expression and interpretation yet can still read as a landscape. I generally choose to paint the quiet, peaceful aspect of nature as opposed to the threatening or the volatile side of nature. So there are always decisions to be made, of which many are intuitive or develop slowly over time with a large body of work. There is a contemplative aspect to the approach that I take when studying and painting from the land. As one delves more deeply into the act of painting, the image evolves as a work about painting. There is a sense of departure from the image of nature as seen with our eyes or as depicted in a photograph. I prefer to paint in the controlled environment of the studio. For this reason, I work from photographs that I make mostly with a medium format camera as well as a view camera, which allows manipulating the image on a ground glass with camera adjustments. I generally paint from 6x6 cm or 4x5” transparencies. The quality of the photographs is important, as I prefer to select from images that have an abundance of detail and information. Quality of light is a key ingredient as I appreciate the play of natural light oftentimes in dramatic fashion. I spend time hiking in State and National Parks when making many of these photographs and these experiences carry over into the studio. In the studio, my painting develops slowly with small brushstrokes through a steady layering of glazing and paint. Formal concerns of composition and cropping occur during the early stages. I like to work with a heightened color palette, yet still remain faithful to the natural world. The play of light becomes clearer as color and contrast define the image. Through these more abstract concerns of light, color, and composition, I hope that these paintings allude to an experience of the order and quiet beauty of nature.