As a kid I would often spend my days exploring the mysterious world of nature just beyond the backyard. I'd be out all day and late into the night getting lost in the textures, sights, and sounds that I encountered in the woods, meadows, cornfields, and lakes. There was a great sense of freedom and adventure in those early journeys, and it's that youthful curiosity that I try to retain in painting. The infinite combinations of color and form are always waiting for exploration. It is only our internal desire to explore that fluctuates - our self-constructed ideologies and illusions of stability and logic that keep us from reaching beyond the tame scope of routine. Keeping this in mind, I attempt to start each painting with a clean slate, open to all possibilities...