Landscape Painting

My advisor in graduate school was an expert in the work of the great Dutch painter Jacob van Ruisdael. He always said that trees were the heroes of his landscapes. I’ve never been able to see trees as anything but figures since. Their trunks become bodies; their branches arms raised to the sky.

I love to go places and feel a part of them, whether it is for many years or just an afternoon. Making pictures of these places is a special way of remembering them and remaining a part of them. A son of Ruisdael, I usually start with the trees—then look for interesting buildings—and tie them all together with light and shadow. .