Growing up in Northern Michigan, I would often spend the days of my childhood exploring the mysterious world of nature just beyond our backyard. Taking in the vast varieties of textures, sights, and sounds that I encountered in the woods, cornfields, and lakes, there was a great sense of freedom and adventure in those early journeys. It's that youthful curiosity that I try to retain in painting. The infinite combinations of color and form, whether imagined or living in the flesh, are still waiting at the edges of curiosity. It is only our internal desire to explore that fluctuates. It is our self-constructed ideologies and illusions of stability and logic that keep us from reaching beyond the tame scope of routine. Keeping this in mind, I attempt to start each painting with a clean slate, open to all possibilities, ready for exploration...