When spending time in nature observing and making images, I express my love for the outdoors and the environment through painting. The immediacy of plein-air painting gives me a means to share the “spirit of nature” that I strive to capture, bringing the image beyond myself into expression. The challenge is to discover the essence of what speaks to me, honoring the process over the product, observing and seeing over imagination. Painting is showing how I see what I see- and communicating this inspirational combination of qualities to others. I do not try to replicate the scene photographically, but instead attempt to capture an experience of a moment.