My work explores the cultural disconnect that lies between understanding our relationship with the natural environment and our drive toward economic prosperity. I am curious about our seemingly insatiable material desires, which have led to the very consumption of the natural environment. Poetry has been lost, replaced with rational thinking. Lost also are the subtleties of the human experience, and forgotten are the scarred landscapes around us. How can we cultivate mindfulness to become more aware of our environment? I approach the act of painting as a restorative process. The paintings are constructed of recycled material, and the painting/assemblage process is done in the spirit of connectedness with our environment, thereby attempting to regenerate and to reinvent our relationship with the landscape. It is my conviction that this is the foremost battlefield of our time.