I'm constantly thinking about painting within the context of the seen world, hunting for images and scouting out new neighborhoods and undiscovered locales that might give me the right combination of intriguing compositional elements and light qualities. Some of the best possibilities are found not far from my home or studio.
It is the challenge of open-air, or plein-air painting, to capture that evasive atmospheric effect, and the process is as rewarding and as valuable as the end result; an active meditation and vehicle for heightened perception that connects and keeps me grounded in the moment. If I'm stuck in my head, or any where else but here, the end result will reveal my inattention.
"Right now a moment in time is fleeting by! Capture its reality in paint! To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become a sensitive recording plate...give the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been seen before our time."