I’m delighted by bold, stand-out elements, uncluttered by their surroundings, contrasting the lines in the landscape. I’m looking for the haystacks, and not thinking about the needles. By paring down silhouettes and surfaces, I’m smoothing out volumes, setting the stage, and offering a moment to breathe. I like my paintings to be well-mannered, but, sometimes, just barely, suppressing a wink.