As I develop as an artist and try to find my style, the constant in my paintings is a search for light. I am inspired by painters who have the ability to see a wide value range and use this in the design of their composition. Monet did studies of rather common subjects – haystacks, steeples – in every different light to understand how the value and temperature of the colors changed. Edward Hopper used the stark contrast of light at night to increase the drama and poignancy of his subjects. Light out of darkness creates an emotional reaction and sometimes connection – one that surpasses the effect of color or subject.