My painting practice is marked by what I call physical urgency. When I paint I am responding to the fleeting nature of the tangible world. In an instant everything can disappear: the light can shift, the wind might blow, the cell phone could ring, and, hey, the world could blow up. These looming changes mark the passage of time, and I fight it fiercely, though my paintings may be calm and pleasant. I work within the beauty and simplicity—and urgency—of only a moment; I see with my eyes and translate with paint.