Growing up in Washington State, Mount Rainier is omnipresent. Mount Rainier is the boss of mountains out here. Mount Rainier is bred into the culture of the Pacific Northwest -- revered by the Native American tribes that lived in the region for thousands of years. Mount Rainier is symbolic of the Pacific Northwest for its majesty. Mount Rainier is the grand dame of the six major mountains in Washington State. Mount Rainier is also an active volcano (remember Mt. St. Helens, May 1980?)Read More
For all of my life, I have had a love for the outdoors. When I was a kid, you would find me building tree forts with scrap wood rounded up from the neighborhood. I used some of that wood to build go-carts, using 2x4s for axels and nailing old wagon wheels to the ends. When I wasn't building something, I was exploring dirt trails in the backyard woods, flying kites and paper airplanes, riding bikes. Being outdoors was about a sense of exploration and adventure.
Over the years, I continue to enjoy being outdoors for the same reasons--to explore and for the sense of adventure. I am now setting out to capture the natural beauty of our spectacular environment through painted landscape. I am titling my project "Washington Americana."