Landscapes and Plein Air Work
For me, painting outside is like a mindfulness practice. The process of attempting to capture my surroundings in a painting is a challenge that requires my absolute attention. In no other circumstance would I be consistently focused on a specific view of nature for up to a couple hours. Throughout the process, my senses become heightened and I become aware of subtle colors, the shift of light, shadows, and even sounds and smells. When painting, I engage in a dialogue with the constantly changing environment, making decisions about how to translate it onto canvas. Because of this, I feel my strongest connection to the land when I am painting.