Preferring to express myself in a figurative-abstract hybrid, I like the idea of veiled images within my work. Following the words of great B.C. artist Jack Shadbolt, who noted a good painting “should hit you in the eyeballs,” I am uninterested in recreating pretty, scenic views. My goal is to start with an acknowledgement of the landscape and move from there into colour, texture, composition, and emotion. I hold several painters in high esteem, in particular the distorted and strange personal imagery of Phillip Guston and Francis Bacon, the unselfconscious ugliness and raw power of Egon Schiele and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and the use of paint by Balthus, Willem de Kooning, and Marc Chagall.