I choose subjects from my environment that strike me as visually compelling. Often this has as much to do with an abstract pattern of light, dark, and color shapes as with the scene itself. For this reason I am apt to find compositions in unremarkable places. I tend to identify with and desire to pay homage to the ordinary and unsung, and the atmosphere of such places depending on light or time of day. When painting directly from nature, I have mainly looked for the effect of the prevailing light on the "local" colors of the subject. The great majority of my paintings are done in the open air, usually by repeated visits to a site. Occasionally this is not practical, so I work several times on location, and then finish the painting in the studio using reference photographs, or work directly from a photograph. In my recent work I have been exploring color under a Fauve influence while working from nature. In many of my prints I have tried to evoke the mood of time and place while working in only one or two colors. I sometimes work more abstractly, or employ imagery from old films or other sources.