As I paint, I think about the poetic linkages that naturally occur in the world around us. The people, places, and things that construct our lives provide a narrative worth its own exploration, but they do not always shed light on how we experience the world. In an attempt to find some understanding, my paintings function as a constant exploration of the physical world. I ground myself in my own perceptions, make my surfaces by hand, and paint observationally. Over the course of many hours, I paint while looking more and more closely at the world around me in an effort to prolong the observational moment for as long as humanly possible. I see my artistic practice as a life's work, one that requires discipline and patience. Its yields are slow, but I believe them to be profound and indicative of larger truths about the world in which we live.