One day I was staring at a photo of a tree on a wall at a friends house. I think I spent a little too much time staring at the image, and I started to wonder why I found it so captivating. It dawned on me that what I loved so much about the image was the connection to the outdoors. This was an image of a place I find solitude in. My passion for being in nature was what drew me to it. I decided at that moment I needed to stop painting images of the city. This collection is about specific places that I find a connection to. I chose to explore this series in mostly black and white for several reasons. Firstly, I really wanted to make light and shadow predominantly important. Secondly, for all the reasons I love black and white photography. I wanted the paintings to have a photographic feel and draw the attention to shape and composition.