About the Artist “Why do you use so much notebook paper?” That’s the question my mother put to me when I was in elementary school in the little East Texas town I grew up in. I was always drawing, even in class. Battleships for the boys. Horses for the girls. I was hooked. Someone once told me that art is the great journey. With no roadmaps. No directions. Sometimes no known destination. And the only guidance you may be blessed with is intuition. Intuition fueled by imagination. It’s light that sparks my imagination. Light fascinates me. In my landscapes I tend to focus on the graphic quality of the scene and emphasize the light. I manipulate it to express a mood, a time of day, even a season of the year. As for my cloudscapes, they give me the opportunity to approach the abstract. Although my work is derived from nature and representational, I leave it open to interpretation. Three of my influences are the American painter George Inness for his later work with its minimal detail and soft brushwork, German painter Gerhard Richter for his unorthodox choice of subject matter and superb technical ability, and J.M.W. Turner for his mastery of light, abstraction, and atmosphere. My goal is to make something that resonates visually and emotionally, both for me and the viewer.