I paint the landscape, pushing the image until it feels like a metaphor for a spiritual awakening. My images begin in the field from observation or in the studio from one or more photographs. Either way, the longer I work on a painting, the more I realize that the landscape is not a scene but resides inside me. And then many doors open.
Ponds have been the most frequent motif, although rivers, trees, fields, and clouds serve as well. When we experience nature, these features receive us, dissolve us, and allow us to reconfigure. My paintings are narratives of this process, of going into solution and coming out remade. And isnt every painting a pond, which, if we enter it, takes us on some baptismal journey?