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I never thought the "Artist Statement " was a big deal until I had to find my voice as an artist. Certain subject matter and places attract me over and over again . Why? And who and what are my influences and how has that shaped my vision and voice. For one, growing up in East L.A. I dreamed of far away places across America and I wanted to travel and experience the romance of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. My escape was television, especially movies that were about exotic places. My earliest recollection was watching " The Lost Horizon" and being transfixed by the lure of the Himalayas and the adventure to other lands and peoples. When I paint landscapes, I am looking to find the essence and the spiritual qualities of popular American vistas. Working at Lucasfilm shaped my vision in capturing a larger than life cinematic moment in a landscape. There is a challenge in painting popular vistas. Since many people have seen the same location, there is a shared reality in memory of the condition of Light and Space. Above all, I want to capture the elusive quality of light .