Inspired by Ansel Adams’s black and white photographs that were used to lobby for the establishment and the preservation of National Parks in California, I paint colorful landscapes, using acrylics on wood-based surfaces. Each painting has a purpose: to capture natural places that help us to engage with the landscape and care for the environment. Many of my pieces feature depictions of where I go to gain perspective in the Monterey Bay area, and where I wished I visited more when I grew up in the California Central Valley near Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Yosemite National Parks. I love to use black and white photographs, like Ansel Adams’s work, to interpret his range of light into color. I also love fishing and have dabbled in deep sea commercial and sports fishing, and fly fishing. I love drawing local fish, like lingcod and vermillion, to put on apparel like trucker hats, shirts, and canvas bags.