Growing up, I was fortunate to spend my summers camping, fishing, hiking, swimming and boating in the upper Midwest. Those experiences - the sunsets, storms, rooted trails and the wind through swaying branches - were my introduction to a lifelong connection to nature. Forty years later, I still try to experience and convey the beauty of nature. I continued this exploration into the woods as an adult with my own children, from exploring National Parks to dog walks along neighborhood creeks. I take the time to observe the details of roots, branches, water, skies, grey winter landscapes, warm foliage of autumn trees, and cool repetition of ocean waves and sea grass. The harmony and balance of a nature surround me, and I am reminded of its life-giving force and the need for its continued protection. I try to capture and share this sense of wonder with my viewer and evoke an emotional response.