“My aim is to borrow from the (visible) world nothing but forces—not forms, but the means of making forms. Not history. Not décor. But the feeling of matter itself, rock, air, water, vegetable matter—and their elementary properties. And acts and phases—not persons and their memory.”  (Paul Valéry)

“The idea of landscape, that free falling splendor of sensation that artists unearth in the cosmos or in the ripples of a river lies at the core of human experience, the fabric of experience. Artists experience their environments differently. Intensities and perceptions vary. Regardless, it is the outside space of the imagination that entices and for some artists the richest soil to germinate is there.”   (Tad Mike 2009)