I am a realist. I paint with watercolor and casein tempera, and make artist books to honor our natural environment. Using the media of painting and visual book, I enjoy creating from observations in the natural world which brighten my life. I take pleasure in constructing three-dimensional objects and making books which portray the passage of time or a three-dimensional environment. The act of painting invites me to see our visible world more clearly. It is a way of offering praise to the universe. Paintings and books are like poems or gifts of seeing for myself and others. By capturing the beauty of our woods and fields, I bring joy to myself and hope to provoke others to be reverent of this natural world. I fear for the loss of the beauty and uniqueness of our lands, state forests, natural areas, and shorelines through our greed and miscalculations. I preserve these scenes for myself, the people who share my love of a certain spot on the road as they ride or walk by, and those who could appreciate them should they stop for a moment.