The process of pushing, pulling, lifting, and layering has always been necessary in my art-making. Whether I’m working in heavy oils, brushing on transparent watercolors the physicality of the medium calls to me and reinforces my need to create. My current subject and medium has shifted in the past two years from oils to watercolors depicting meditational environments. Landscape has been a genre that I periodically return to and find recently is a vehicle towards peace and healing. Recreating a landscape alone is not enough for me. I am seeking out unlikely juxtapositions to re-contextualize and explain my current state of being. This body of work, called TeaScapes, combine image transfers of tea packaging with layered landscapes from places where I have felt most mindful. The artworks' purpose is twofold: to salvage detritus from the trash and to create images filled with energy, vivid color and space. As the works have developed, I'm becoming more interested in creating energetic lines that have the feeling of drawing in the works.