My work is painted without the aid or use of photographs. Instead, my oil paintings represent a mélange of mental images—the stuff I see every day as it plays out against the backdrop of the ever-changing Texas landscape. This is the visual bank I pull from to create new work. And the stored memories pour out and jumble, reconfiguring on my canvas as new impressions of place and time and weather—alive. 

 

Painting from memory frees me, allowing emotional content to enter into the work—the awe and sense of wonder and respect I have for the untamed and unprotected wilderness. This is what drives me to paint—the desire to celebrate this land while it is still relatively pristine—my need to document a heart song. 

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