This is a sample of a series that I have been working on since 2008. My recent paintings are largely a continuation of the issues I was dealing with in my previous work. I feel like I’m basically just taking those issues to another level. I use arcadian images of gardens and forests as arenas for an intuitive exploration of what I think of as specifically painterly content, and try to create a visual euphoria particular to painting. I’ve always allowed my painting to grow into whatever shape it wants, and while there’s a strong art historical precedent to the practice of painting elaborately dressed figures in gardens and forests, it’s also organic to the direction my work is headed.