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For me, painting is a process. It is in essence a conversation, if you will, in which I engage with Nature, my subject: I behold Nature and then provide a response in the language of paint. The response itself is multifold: it is a confirmation of what I know about the visual world and may not see; and then conversely, the response itself is a probing, questioning and evaluation of what it is I think I am seeing. In short, I paint what I know and I paint what I see. To this end, I had to learn to view Nature as a peer. In the words of G.K. Chesteron, "Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate". This philosophical view encourages me as an artist to not shy away from both study and idealism in the pursuit of creating something beautiful that is "super-natural" in its own right. This mindset really frees me to be creative. It might be said, Nature is always clamoring to dominate; however, my action as an artist is to bring Nature onto an equal level. It is my effort not to be overwhelmed. I engage with Nature so as to be a part of a conversation, if you will, in which I select a motif to paint, and in a sense, simplify so as to create something, hopefully, that is poetic and beautiful. Sometimes Nature shows me something that is better than I could invent. Other times, I have to add something to Nature to make a better picture. It is a two way street. As such, my painting is my visual poem in partnership with Nature, as opposed to an imitation of Nature, in which Nature becomes “the god”.There is a psychological element to painting that I consider as really part of the process of picture making. In painting I wish to express in a visual way what are really “feelings” about what it is that I see. What is it that visually moves me to paint my subject?" is a question I ask myself when I begin something. The difficulty in painting is to convey Nature in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and "measures up", if you will, to the very idea one had in one's mind when one began to paint. I never know how the painting is going to look in the end: it is a surprise--the result of a process. I think that is what keeps painting interesting..