For years I treated the landscape as a backdrop to my mostly figurative paintings. I rendered trees, mountains and fields as nonspecific swaths of color and tone. It wasn’t until I began traveling with my wife, Jill Bartelt, that I started feeling the urge to revisit the beautiful places we had explored. These landscapes became imbued with meaning and memory and I wanted to extend those brief vacations into days and years. Fortunately, my wife takes wonderful photographs of our trips and it is her photos that I use as the inspiration for all of my paintings. Her photos give me the luxury to wander slowly through the places we had come to love and led to the discovery of new painting techniques and methods.