I love the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Panhandle. The beach is my happy place, and my home. This series was started right after the oil spill in 2010 as a way to process the devastation from the event. When I began I had in mind to paint this place, Sand, Sea and Sky, as beautiful as it was before the spill. I called it my ‘Year of Ocean’ with the intention of creating 365 paintings in total. My working approach is a painterly style with emphasis on color, movement and mood. As I’ve moved through the years with this series some of the paintings have developed with a higher level of depiction and then some have gone completely the other way with stronger emphasis on abstraction. I paint intuitively so I always just go with the flow, letting the day, the scene or the mood influence how each paintings wants to be.