I am interested in how the painting process – applying, drying, scraping and reapplying – parallels the natural processes of growth and decay, buildup and erosion, creation and destruction. I work until a specificity of light, space, and color emerges and the painted space becomes as real and as specific as the physical, real world. Ultimately, what I am after is a kind of transcendence. When the physical properties of pigment and oil melt away and become something else: fields, wood, stone, moss. My aim is to push paint to new limits, past descriptive mandates, in pursuit of Nature itself.