"Besides my own observations in nature, I base most of my bird paintings on the specimen arrangements found in the research collections of natural history museums. My aesthetic is inspired by old natural history prints in their focused, un-narrative, crisp-edged compositions, with pencil marks in the margins. However, instead of cutting straight to the point, my repetitive patterns percolate. They give you a broad impression of the birds’ pattern, color, size, and structure. Instead of a cardinal portrait,, the painting becomes a cardinal presence, a cardinal impression. The paintings also become an exploration of repetitiveness and the intimate knowledge to be gained from looking in the same place again and again, questioning whether a reservoir of past observations increases or rather diminishes the value of what we see."