What most inspires me is color. Vivid color harmonies affirm life both witnessed and experienced. It gives me great joy to share that passionate sense I feel whenever I encounter contrasts and picturesque details in my wanderings. I work from memory and sketches, and also in front of the motif whenever possible. Recently a woman who watched me work asked if the colors i used were those I was actually seeing; I replied, no, but I feel them this way, and that’s how I wanted you to see them as well. Intensity for me is all—allied with that embracing of lively color is a diversity of subject matter. Toward that end, I now live in California and try to use my new home as a backdrop to paintings of beautiful vineyards, mountain scenery and, of course, the Pacific Ocean.