“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.”
― John Muir,
All of my work begins in the wilderness. Every summer I try to spend at least three weeks surrounded by nature.
As an artist it is important for me to not only see the beauty of nature but to get into it’s rhythm. I want to live in nature, to understand her moods and learn her lessons. I want each painting to capture the feeling of nature more than just a pretty scene.
I always bring my fishing rod, my camera, my knives, and my paints camping. My fishing rod helps me to just sit and watch. My camera helps me capture the moment of peace and my pallet knives and paints help me capture the boldness of nature’s colour scheme.
When I find something that strikes me I snap it – sketch it – and write about it. I take my pictures, journaling, and sketches back to my little studio and begin to paint.