Landscapes have always captivated me, and my work is a series of meditations on this genre. I began drawing and painting in an academic manner, but after a time this practice became less rewarding and seemed like a dead end. Feeling stifled, I began an intense and meditative focus on the basic elements of two dimensional art. I concentrated on the nature of point and line to see if I could discover an entrance to a new creative world. The result of my experimentation is a unique kind of drawing that preserves an academic precision, but incorporates spontaneity to create forms and landscapes that freely emerge from my subconscious in a playful dance of deliberation and surprise. Derived from the psychic automatism of surrealist art, lines in my drawings wriggle minutely across the paper without preconceived direction. They curve, spiral, amass, and attenuate until eclectic, semi-representational forms take shape, interacting in fantastical atmospheres and strange settings. These lines are often juxtaposed with objective imagery drawn from surveying, cartography, and traditional landscape, including grids, street plans, towers, roads, fields and forests. They symbolic imagery of maps as well as their functional beauty serve as a foil for the more improvised imagery swirling about them. The result is a blend of deliberate and objective imagery with imaginary and improvised forms. Drawn with ballpoint pens and graphite pencils, the figures are sometimes ethereal and few, and at other times squirm and proliferate with a dense, energetic rhythm. I am currently exploring painting techniques that can express the spirit of playful precision found in my drawings. Ultimately, my work seeks to engage the viewers conscious and subconscious being by presenting forms and environments that are ambiguous in nature and whose definitions are not fixed. The aim is the creation of lyrical images where allusiveness and playfulness are the highest truth.