What I find most intriguing is the ever changing light on the American western landscape. My paintings attempt to interpret this shifting light on the shapes and planes. I have a natural tendency to distill these views of nature into more abstract forms while trying to respect a sense of real place. This struggle between abstract and accurate representation from within is a comfortable tension that keeps art interesting. Most importantly, I feel there is a certain muscularity of energy, a dynamic solitude, in nature that I try to capture in paint strokes. Color and application of the medium reflecting this energy are the prioritizing factors in the end.