As a plein air painter, I try to bring the natural environment to life through colorful contemporary oil paintings. It is exciting to discover something special about each landscape. It's not about including everything, rather it's finding what is unique to the landscape before me and choosing an approach to capture it. I want the viewer to experience the same joy I felt as a part of the landscape. It's a process of adjusting, of emphasizing, softening, even omitting, to make what you paint convey the right message to the viewer.