The studio is where I concentrate on larger works and work that is generated by the photograph. A big part of this process is the gathering of images. I look for any excuse to travel and always take my camera. The digital camera has opened up a whole new world. Though I use the photograph to work from I do not copy it. I use it as a reference to try and tell the story of the time and place. I am more concerned with the information I get from being on the location than with what the photograph tells me in the studio. There are many images that one could not paint on location. Sometimes there is an instant of light or movement that only the photograph can capture. I love to paint all aspects of life, the photo allows me to paint that single moment. I think the Plein Aire work is invaluable to the studio work. It is all different ways to study the same thing. Just as the Plein Aire work is a break from the studio. After a week of fighting bugs, wind and changing light and weather it is nice to turn on the heater and turn up the music and paint away the day.