I base most of my work on sketch studies, photographic references, and small painted studies done on location. All of my work is original. I do not strive to recreate or reinvent anything that another artist has done. In seeking the high mark of quality in my artistry myself, I do a lot of field work looking for scenes that I feel I must paint. Once I find the right scene, then I must explore it, sit down and walk around in it. I need to truly feel it before I unpack my gear and get to work.