Place is prominent in my work. Each painting is created not to record or depict a place, but to convey reflections, memories, and passion as a response to place. My process begins with observation. Working en plein air (painting outdoors), each painting or print starts either in my sketchbook or directly onto paper or canvas. Although my paintings and prints are completed in my studio, they evolve from pages in my sketchbook. In the studio my work evolves intuitively: built on my connection to design and pattern and on the emotional response to what I see. My style is characterized by the use of layers, split plane composition, patterns, a vibrant color palette and a lyrical, painterly style.