Growing up I was fortunate to spend my summers camping, fishing, hiking, swimming and boating in the upper Midwest. The memories of sunsets, storms, rooted trails and the wind through swaying branches were my introduction to a lifelong connection to nature. I continued this exploration into the woods as an adult with my own children focusing our free time on everything from exploring National Parks to dog walks along neighborhood streams. I take time to observe the details of roots, branches, water, skies, grey winter landscapes and warm foliage of autumn trees. The harmony and balance of a natural place surround me, and I am reminded of nature’s life-giving force and the need for its continued protection. I try to capture and share this sense of tranquility with my viewer.