What is essential to my work? The natural world has been a consistent theme. I still begin my paintings by recording the visual experience of nature in charcoal, pencil and ink. From that point forward each work becomes a meditation on energies, movement, color, pattern, rhythm, sound, and textural feel of a particular environment in a particular season. The solutions that I find in my paintings do not arrive in a single burst of inspiration. It takes me months, and a number of missteps, to finish a work.