In addition to an ongoing exploration of recent man-made and natural disasters, I am also regularly painting outdoors. Being absorbed in peaceful, beautiful scenes, and capturing the immediacy of nearby landscapes has been very influential. Not exactly disparate, the dark shadows in the woods and the forming clouds hint at destructive power, while the fires and tornadoes of my other body of work are as gorgeous as they are deadly. I am as equally influenced by the history of awe-inspired landscape painting (from Turner's storms to Church's icebergs), as by the stream of violent images in our daily news feed, as well as the direct dialog with nature and organic form-fed from painting plein air. For me it is all connected.