I get great comfort in painting outside. Being engulfed in nature soothes the soul and excites the eye. These pieces reflect my response to my environment as I have traveled this year. When I paint, I try to transfer the energy I feel in a place or subject, and invite the viewer to feel what I felt when painting. I often look for what interests me or excites my eye when choosing what to paint. So many times it is the way light dances across a subject that moves me to want to reflect that to the audience. Color is also key, pushing little notes of color I see into bolder spaces that make them more important; more obvious to someone who perhaps may have missed it. Painting for me is learning to see. The pursuit of seeing has been the biggest pleasure of my life.