I hope to convey in my paintings the same feelings of peace and childlike wonder that I get when enjoying nature. The inspiration comes from the beautiful places I’ve been, the animals I’ve encountered, and a little imagination. I start with photographs that I’ve taken along with hours of observation. I happily spend time hiking in the mountains, playing in the California surf, and watching Thunderheads build over the Arizona desert. I could easily spend hours watching seals lying around on the beach, lizards doing “pushups”, or a territorial hummingbird defending his turf. Rather than copying my photographs exactly, I’m more interested in creating a peaceful mood, evoking memories of a favorite place or vacation, or depicting a scene that you’d like to walk right into and make up your own story about.