Most of my paintings are done from photograph. I am not directly interested in the details of a specific place at a specific time. The photograph gives me a sense of color and the composition of the photograph gives me a structure. I work from my own photos. I take them when I am driving to a class or a show. I take them while I am on a hike or walking the dog. Most of the pictures I take are quick shots (sometimes while in motion) taken with my iphone. I am not a professional photographer. The photograph simply helps me remember what I saw when I am am back in the studio. Whether it’s the way light was bouncing off of a line or trees or the angles of rolling fields off in the distance, I am reminded of what I found visually interesting in that scene and that is what I paint from. I translate that area of interest to color and texture contrasts in paint, letting other areas of the image abstract. The ultimate goal is to create a visually interesting image that has a vague sense of place but has become something else. It has become a painting, a unique work in and of itself.