The work in this portfolio includes watercolor studies and pastel drawings done on location. I take a small sketchbook and camera along on my travels. I am sensitive to how the atmospheric conditions on a particular day alter the subject matter, at times dissolving form and, at others, sharpening it. The motif is always changing. Working from direct observation provides me with experiences that I can draw upon when I am in my studio. At times, these pieces provide a visual reference for a painting or collage. They also stand on their own as a record of an experience–a moment in time.