My paintings are motivated by an emotional response to my surroundings. I attempt to paint what I see, whether it is a live subject, photograph or drawing. At the same time, memory and emotion are integral to the process, as is the nature of paint itself. I build up layers of paint until the image comes together as a coherent whole. My hope is that the painting is able to connect with the viewer’s own experience and that it rewards looking. Pure pleasure in the act of seeing is one of the qualities I love most about visual art.