Being in nature has always been therapeutic for me, quieting my thoughts and allowing me to think more clearly. When I paint, I aspire to capture the feelings one experiences when venturing outside, away from technology, work, or busy life. I believe that when one becomes still and reflects on the beauty that surrounds us, one can learn more about oneself.
I am inspired by Monet's landscapes where he focuses on the light and color of the moment. I often paint on location to become familiar with natural light and how it interacts with the landscape and apply this knowledge to my studio paintings. I take photos for reference, but I paint my landscapes as I would a plein air painting. Each layer is painted quickly with gestural brushstrokes producing more texture with each layer of paint. Painting quickly allows me to maintain excitement and energy in my work making it feel more alive.
Author Alfred Billings Street expresses in words what I aim to capture in my own work. Billings refers to nature as "man's teacher." "She unfolds her treasure to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence." I believe nature is a gift that we should celebrate.