The longer I paint, the more I realize that my work is directly inspired by the place I am in and my relationship to that place. I am in love with looking and responding – and am fascinated by the process of understanding my surroundings and myself through painting. As I work, I synthesize the transitory impressions of light in nature and record my emotional response into a painted repository. For me, painting is a responsive and mindful act where the aim is not to copy the world but to find a new reality in each painting. In our era of constant distraction, I try to slow down, look deeply and integrate my physical observations with my interior feelings.