Using the familiar landscapes, animals, and surrounding life, I create an earthy and emotive interpretation to life. Oil paint is my main love. The visceral texture and colors just make what I am trying to convey so much easier. I like to say that animals paint themselves, I just hold the brush as they come to life. Their emotion is there on the surface and their story is all in their eyes. Plein air landscape painting has both a challenge and the best teacher ever. Competing in plein air events in the past few years has taught me so much about patience, values, color mixing, and capturing the moment. And how to keep your paint from freezing in 23°. Foreign travel over the past few years has given me a new appreciation of the incredible beauty of this area.