I create my paintings in a small studio where I live in Spring Valley, California, on a property that I grew up on. From my house, I see wonderful views of the southern California landscape. There’s a hint of the ocean and of the desert where I live, and there’s light unlike any other; sometimes pale yellow, sometimes russet, sometimes slate grey. What does it mean for me to be painting the landscape I grew up looking at? My landscapes are based on a memory, a mood, an aspiration, and a dream. I can’t really paint what I see, because what I see constantly changes. Instead, I paint an ideal; the way all painting exists as temporary manifestations of an ideal. When I paint the landscape, I am actually just painting myself; myself as an experience of the light, color, and space I sense around me. I paint my experience of being alive to the presence within a place.