My work derives from direct observation of the locations I frequent; the forests, creeks and wetlands near my home. I analyse my response to understand what is most compelling and whether I can make an image of it. With minimal use of drawing and photo references I will construct a framework upon which to improvise. I want to paint the elements of the landscape through inventive, painterly means and arrive at the end with something true to the subject, but developed through trial and error. To emphasize aspects of the scene which move me, I`ll often use distortion, radical simplification, and heightened color. I`m trying to paint my experience and less so the actual place. Memory is primary in this exploratory process.