My paintings are semi – abstract, a combination of what I see and my response to the visual world. Marsh I was inspired by a photograph seen in National Geographic magazine featuring scenes from the Jiuzhaigou Nature reserve in China. The colors and mood of the photograph triggered memories of the marsh scenes of my childhood on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I was especially drawn to the shifting shades of watery blue-green that nature provided, as well as the shocking contrast of rust-red vegetation which I further intensified. Marsh I became the impetus for further exploration on this subject and the first in a series of marsh paintings.