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The Altarpiece series began with trying to capture the beauty within the landscapes of my hometown, Roseville, California, before they were consumed by urban sprawl.  I didn't try to glamorize or create a romantic version of these miniature 'Gardens of Eden.'  I wanted to capture what I saw: pristine landscapes with signs of the inevitable 'sprawl.' 

As I painted these landscapes, it felt as though I was painting my own story and my own struggle to overcome adversity.  The objects I have selected to juxtapose these landscapes were chosen for their personal symbolic qualities, aesthetic appeal, or a combination of the two.


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