Nature is overwhelming. An abundance of seductive services and constantly changing light make it impossible to completely capture the many nuances of a place. When confronting a subject the eye is in constant motion taking in a vast amount of information which is filtered by the brain. As I prolong the perceptual process my initial observations change as does my perspective towards the subject. This representation of time and change is a key factor in expressing this experience which is anything but static. My intention is not to replicate a place, but to make a representation of my experience with nature; my perceptual struggle. The process of looking is put into focus through the buildup of a history of marks which are continuously being reexamined and altered in shape and color. My paintings are executed from a combination of painting on site and working in the studio. Working outdoors, in contact with nature, I strive to document this process working directly from life. Within the studio, the perceptual process remains intact with the focus of it shifting to my relationship to the painting itself. Painting from both observation and away from the motif allows me to capture the nuances of observed form and light while simultaneously developing the paintings in a more improvisational way. The overall goal is to convey an experience of a place as well as a history of the search to create it.