I have always been drawn to the beauty of the natural world. When I paint landscapes, water or flowers I become enmeshed in the subject before me and feel- rather than just observe- a part of something that moves me deeply. I enjoy painting still life too as a discipline for developing better powers of observation but in a contrived environment of my own making. It's a wonderful counterpart to painting and understanding wild, uncontrolled nature.
The shapes and colors present in nature interest me most. My ultimate goal is to recreate the subject matter before me (trees, flowers, water or mountains) using a minimum of color and brushstrokes. The landscapes of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Matisse inspire me; I'm drawn to the masterly way they use vibrant color and simple shapes to "build" their subject matter. While I don't mimic their colors exactly, I have been influenced by the palette and color theory of the Impressionists.
Watercolor is my main medium primarily because it's transparency allows me to give my paintings a sense of air and light. Color- pigment mixed with the basic elements of air and water- seems to radiate and glow on paper.