The more years that I paint, the more I realize that nearly everything I see in the world is taking on a patina of extraordinary beauty. Long gone are the days when I just try to paint what I see . . . the "retinal image" or the photographic imitation. I am inspired to paint what lies beyond the surface appearance. When I paint I truly feel, in the present moment, the great relations among all things. Every subject becomes a metaphor for something deeper and more intangible. I hope that those who view my work, whether briefly or for decades, will feel these sentiments. My inspiration is the hope I hold that my work will help spread peace, contemplation, tranquility and joy.