I employ a flat but layered approach that explores the optical push and pull of color and shape. I seek to depict the quickly changing and complicated nature of the subject using multiple visual textures, levels of transparency and shapes with varying degrees of angularity. There are thematic advantages to this approach as well—sharp edges can be obscured by smooth surfaces and skies don't always feel heavenly. For this purpose, I find acrylic paints and wood panels are ideal. Acrylic paint dries quickly and layers well, and wood panels are sturdy enough for extensive sanding. The mountains themselves are virtually everlasting, but their appearance is only for this moment. My work is my perception of this dynamic symbol of home.