My years as a graphic designer naturally influenced what has become my painting style. My paintings have a strong sense of design and composition, as well as a dynamic use of color and shape. I am an impressionist plein air painter. Painting on location allows all of my senses to play an active role in summarizing a scene's light, color, and atmosphere. I choose subjects to paint that are either revealed or concealed in beautiful, dramatic lighting. Instead of replicating what I see, I often selectively omit details by combining interlocking shapes of light and dark colors, leaving the rest of the pieces to the viewer's imagination.