Two principle subjects have engaged me over the years: the landscape and the figure. I do not maintain a single cohesive style but prefer to allow each piece to dictate my response. Being a working artist born and raised in the Pacific Northwest I draw from the nature surrounding me. My paintings start from photos, sketches and memories. Change is an influential aspect of my painting. Each piece alters from its original colors, composition and emotions, flowing through change and resulting in multiple layers to its final creation. Bit by bit, layer by layer, my paintings take on their own personal expressions. I feel most alive when I create. My senses respond and I feel pulled into something larger, something greater than myself. I leave the creation of pretty paintings for others, as painting for me is a balance of randomness and chance versus the need to organize and resolve. I am captivated by the act of creating and the unpredictability of where each painting will take me.