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For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to the creation of art
through drawing.  All my life I have dedicated myself to the improvement
of my talent.  During the recent years of my artistic career, I have
focused my drive and skills to the landscape.  I devote my efforts to this
subject matter because I find inspiration in its
splendor and believe the natural beauty of the
landscape is something in which we are all
bound to and can relate with.  It is the ultimate,
common binder of magnificence despite our
individual backgrounds and differences.
Through the subtle abstraction of the subject, I create an ideal
landscape that goes beyond the inspiration and information of the
scene.  The process by which my work is created and the final image
displayed both acknowledge an escape from the real while based on
the real.  The images created by my hand are a representation of a
place filled with a tranquil serenity and absent of human interaction.  I
offer to myself and those who see my work a refuge from the fast-paced
world and society in which we live while creating something of beauty.
In addition to the conceptual and emotional aspects of using the
landscape as a basis of my work, I also find within this subject matter
the malleable tendencies of atmospheric space, range of values, and
emotional subtleties that offer me a necessary sense of freedom when
creating a composition. The landscape presents the challenge of
creating a three-dimensional image within a two-dimensional space.  It
provides an almost endless variation of values that must be translated
onto paper.  Each landscape carries within it an emotional charge that
varies constantly depending on terrain, season, and weather condition.  
These components inherit within the subject are my stepping-stones for
creating my art that is based on both romantic and traditional points of
view.
In conclusion, I offer a quote from a book entitled “Zen and the Art of
Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert Persig which has bearing and
insight into why I do what I do.  He writes, “In my mind, when I look at
these fields….I see a thing that exists here because everything else
does not and can be noticed because other things are absent…..(I) see
a thing that sometimes comes when monotony and boredom are
accepted.  It’s here, but I have no names for it.”

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    Artist Statement