I derive my energy from nature and translate its power through painting. If I can capture that feeling of being overwhelmed, and overpowered, I have done what I set out to do. For me, the darkness in nature is as beautiful as the light—layers of thin oil glazes allow me to capture that depth. My art is an experiential trek derived from my hiking—thus my desire for large canvases. I want the viewer to step into the moment: feel the spray of a waterfall, hear the rush of a stream, or embrace the coolness of a shadowy path. I want them to investigate the light and the dark. Once captured the viewer can take part in the experience and escape into the landscape.