My landscape paintings are derived from a personal connection to nature and a desire to create something meaningful and beautiful. I’m attracted to horizons, distant vistas and expansive skies. The paintings are a distillation of the natural world into its basic elements of land, water and atmosphere with horizons and skies as dominant features. I often start with photographs taken while traveling. The photos serve as a jumping off point and are usually put away shortly after getting started on a painting. They have an implied message of conservation and preservation for the planet.