I began to paint as a way to recapture memorable scenes from travels in northern Maine, mostly canoe trips in the region of the Allagash and Saint John Rivers. For forty-or-so years I painted as a desultory hobby, producing a few works that were lucky accidents. Lately I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to approach painting in oils with more time and improving technique, with a thoroughly pragmatic approach: if it looks good, it is good. I hope I have produced a few paintings others will enjoy. I also travel with camera, paints, and sketchbook, on the lookout for interesting scenes. And I also paint scenes in my backyard, where my studio is a small shack I built myself.