For me an important part of making art, and my greatest pleasure, is being absorbed in the process, whether itís drawing with a pencil, pushing color around with a brush, or stroking with pieces of pastel. My references are catalogued in memories collected over time. What comes out on paper is the residue of those, sometimes in detail, sometimes as just a suggestion. Producing an image that gives pleasure or pause to the viewer, a place to rest and contemplate for a moment, is my goal. My work investigates a range of styles and subject matter. Using memory traces as references, I will often distill scenes from my travels into evocative visual reminders of place. I like to work both large and small, often using flowers, complex still life compositions, or local scenes as subject matter. I have recently begun painting en plein air.