Living in the forested mountain community of Lake Tahoe, I walk the same trails every day and witness the subtle drama of a landscape characterized by extremes. I enter a receptive dream state. Symbols emerge from sketches. Fragmented masses of light coming through trees are radiant stained-glass windows. Dancing reflections on water are inverted realities. Autumn leaves gather at the shoreline. A landing duck interrupts the surface, and opens a new world.

Working outdoors is an immersive experience. Studio work grounds me, allowing me to build on the energy of outdoor sketches, slowing and deepening the process. Painting in oils on linen, I enjoy balancing traditional materials with intuitive techniques. Drawing with charcoal collected from a recent wildfire becomes a primal, healing way to engage with the transformational process of nature.