I find pastels to be instrumental for portraying the light, color and atmosphere I find in nature. Pastels also allow me to freely express the intimacy as well as the drama of the moment, and for the past several years I have chosen to use pastels for most of my plein air work, as well as my studio work. More and more I find myself focusing on the landscape with a deep sense of urgency; to record not only the actuality of place, but the essence and spirit of the location as well. For me, making art is an ongoing life process. Through my paintings I try to help the viewer ‘see through my eyes’, and perhaps experience the same sense of wonder and mystery I find in the natural world.