Painting is a way for me to understand place.
It is impossible to take everything in while walking through a new, unfamiliar scene. There is absolutely no way to absorb every detail of a familiar one: place is constantly changing. The latest graffiti might be covered up tomorrow and the elderly couple walking arm in arm, combining their efforts against age and gravity, might stay at home.
I find a certain beauty in chipping paint, rust stains, in growth and decay.
I tend to paint from photographs but I avoid copying a photo, letting nostalgia and memory influence my palette and technique. Paintings that I start en plein air are often finished in the studio. I love the exercise of memory through color, through brush strokes and globs of mixed paint.