"I like to tell my father-in-law that he is really a scenery farmer. I was born and raised in Iowa and I grew up visiting farms in the northeast corner of the state, where my family hails from. I later married into a family that also has its roots in northeast Iowa and through them I came to know the most beautiful place on earth—four hundred acres of heaven—a century farm, miles from what could be considered anywhere. It was this place, and these people, that inspired me to paint landscapes. I wasn’t sure what the landscapes were going to look like when I first decided to paint them. I knew what a traditional landscape should look like, but I hoped that I could paint something that would relay how I felt when I was a part of these landscapes—standing at the crest of the hill pieces, dwarfed by the giant hay bales, humbled by the massive clouds overhead and great expansiveness of scenery around me. I realized that these landscapes would be different, that these vistas were more powerful than passive, saturated with color, and awe-inspiring in their scale."