My paintings, though based in the landscape tradition, are cerebral and visceral explorations. They depart from pure realist depictions of the world and move towards a more expressive sensibility. By abstracting what I consider to be the elements of realism, form and light, my work becomes an exploration of my feelings and thoughts, reduced, distilled, and refined to the pure elements that engaged a visual response from me. Each painting is a memory, a reflection of my observations of nature. By working conceptually, the work is allowed to develop freely from the boundaries normally associated with the traditional landscape.