When looking at my paintings, I hope to inspire a recognition by the viewer. A recognition of a spiritual element in my paintings of the landscape. It stems from an Eastern tradition the Chinese call Shanshui or "mountains and water”. My time in Hawaii as an undergraduate and the art history and Eastern philosophies I learned there helped me to understand this philosophy. This Eastern esteem for the landscape is predicated on more than an appreciation or respect for nature; it is also a recognition of the place of humanity within the natural world. I think many of us gravitate to Santa Fe because of this recognition. It can give you permission to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world and helps you contemplate nature, the countryside, mountains, or desert and the ever-present pervasive spirit of the universe. This approach to painting the landscape, Shanshui, has its own life force and is not an illustration, that is line for line, form for form; rather, the real essence of the landscape is captured in a style more akin with the western idea of romanticism.
I refer to these paintings as abstracted landscapes because I most often abstract from a plein air sketch where there is certainly a reference to a place and space, but details are left to ones imagination. I believe these paintings help the viewer participate in the completion of the scene. The energy of the mark becomes an essential aspect to the work to create a beautiful flow of movement and energy. I am always exploring the fine line between a sense of reality that is made from abstract marks and forms.