My paintings are about place, how culture and the times we live in define our perceptions of landscape and how our external landscape helps to define our internal landscape. I expand the solitary confines of my studio practice by incorporating the social element of interviewing others. I use the interviews in my projects to glean information about the way in which people describe place, to observe how experience in place becomes altered, distorted and often romanticized to suit our own psychological needs. I am interested in the distortion and discrepancies between the concrete, objectively perceived elements of our surroundings and the more intangible and intuitively accessed realities of place. While referencing the tradition of historical landscape painting, often utilizing idyllic, romantic and pastoral imagery, I blur the boundaries of representational space with my passion for abstraction and the physical gestures of painting itself.