Teddy Roosevelt once declared that the romance of his life began in the wilderness. The romance of my life is getting there and painting it. Most Americans have no idea what incredible and diverse wilderness we have at our fingertips. When I am in a National Park, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of smallness that I do not experience in my daily life. Plein air painting (the act of painting outside) allows me to make a connection to the natural world that becomes a physical object. My paintings allow me to share that connection, and hopefully inspire others to go and experience an undiscovered corner of our planet.Unlike most plein air painters, my work is fast; the act of getting to my hiking destination is as important as the painting itself. When we hike we do not only remember one glorious view, our memories are a collection of the entire day's experience. I work quickly to get the feeling of the space on the page: the colors, the motion, the grandeur, then I pack it all up and continue so I can solidify into paintings as many memories from that day and trip as possible. The result is a visual representation of my memory of that park: fleeting but precious.