The works on view at the SAM Gallery are all plein-air paintings from my backyard in Top Hat, Seattle. They are an active means of connecting with my immediate environment and of coping with a terrifying political landscape. These paintings are a personal push towards staying awake and celebrating my sentient existence while documenting our fleeting natural world. As part of my artistic practice they represent a deep and humble return to nature and observational painting. In particular, they are an honoring of the specific color-key of the PNW palette. Paradise is here.