It's hot and an oak, atop a rocky hill, overlooks a dry plain. If you stop along the road to Napa, forget for a moment where it is you are supposed to be, you might end up here, where you're meant to be. Keywords: napa, plain, rapid, tree, valley, califor

My work is inspired by living, breathing, embracing nature. As a landscape artist, my paintings range from more formal impressionist landscapes to abstracted forms. I play with color and light to capture fleeting moments and I tend to work quickly and vigorously. I don't like to fuss - the spontaneous marks in my work are the rapid impressions that reflect my personal experience of the world. I don't see static trees, rocks, hills and clouds but rather experience the sense of a dark moving shape, the solid embrace of a valley, a fleeting ray of colored light or a pulsing, breathing sky. My ambition is to give the viewer a personal and sensory experience of a changing environment rather than of static objects within it. I often paint images upside down and I squint profusely. This approach allows my mind to eliminate the preconceived notion of the objects and focus on composition and mood. Standing close to some of my work you may wonder why I chose an odd color or made a slashing stroke that doesn't quite fit with what your notion of what should be in that space. From afar, these marks may unite or blend forms or create the movement that is reflective of a total environmental experience. Above all, I hope to connect you with not just the places I paint but with the emotion and human connection those places inspire.