"Each piece has its own voice, its own statement, its own essence. There is a “place” that I enter when I draw and paint, which are two very different activities for those who are just starting out. When I first started drawing, I drew what was before me for I knew nothing about the unique elements of my subject. Now after completing over 100 projects, I seek to show the amazing and beautiful details of my subject, whether it be the leaf scars on a Magnolia branch, the pollen on a stamen or how a whorled leaf attaches to the stem. Each species that I paint is beautiful and a miracle. I am convinced that there is an intelligence here that we have yet to fully understand, a mystery, a joy."