My paintings focus on the abstract qualities of landscape. Inspired by seaside cottages, village scenes and romantic rural landscapes interpreted in my own way, I use bold, simplified shapes, abstractions and a unique, minimal color palette. My work reflects time spent in the midwest and northeast as well as my travels across the country. Creating a simplified composition, my goal is to remove extraneous details from the piece leaving only the few elements that create an intimate, harmonious painting. Manipulating thick slabs of paint on the canvas with a palette knife to build texture and form is an intense process. The composition often changes as the painting develops. The ever-present horizon line along with ordinary objects are key components of my work. Infused with vigorous energy, these contemplative yet simple and subtle images entice the viewer into my sparse, and seemingly uninhabited landscapes. I have long been influenced by the works of Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, and Winslow Homer. A piece may not speak to everyone but there will be someone out there who is moved and inspired.