Creating atmosphere and a feeling of light and air in the pieces I make is something I am constantly trying to understand and push. Nature does such amazing things with atmosphere and color like the way mist rises off a forest making it look like it's breathing and rising into the soft light that radiates through the vapor touching every tiny water particle in the air making the clouds look like they are glowing from within. I'm so fascinated by that otherworldly movement and glow that happens under the perfect conditions in nature. A lot of my work talks about those imperfect but still beautiful areas where humans interact with wild places, and the effect we have on plants, animals, and landscapes there. I will often travel and hike into National Parks land, or follow forestry roads and camp in areas that are more isolated. In these places, you can see the way roads or power-lines cut across the landscape like scars, and the ways animals and plants have so powerfully adapted to our dominating force on their landscape.I spend time looking and interacting with the environments there. Noting the animals that wander through campsites, or following burn scars up mountains. Documenting and researching these environments I am in is very important to my work, and when I translate these environments into a painting, I work to emphasize the colors, plants, and emotions specific to the areas that I experienced.