The foundation of my work is rooted in my love of the natural world and my view that man is an integral part of nature. Like many philosophers, poets, writers and artists, I search for meaning in life and understanding of myself by observing and experiencing the forces of the natural world through my art. My works are inspired by the essence of nature—energy, motion, and change. I approach each work as exploration of an idea rather than subject. I begin with color and let the energy of the work lead me to the final resolution. My goal is to evoke emotion, create a mood and to express my feelings. In the later stages of the work I refer sketches, plein air paintings, or photographs if I choose, but mostly I depend on years of observing and experiencing nature. The work is a response to nature more than a description of nature. My love of exploring just to see what lies ahead; the rhythm of walking and breathing; the sound of wind and water; the feel of the earth beneath my feet; the smell of leaf mold and flowers; and glimpses of insects, birds and animals become a part of my work. I am especially drawn to physical and psychological contrasts in the images as in nature. I attempt to create an atmosphere that encourages the viewer to search for deeper understanding of humanity and our true place in the natural world. Art, like life, is a journey and I am merely a guide.