Born in Canada in 1984, I was lucky enough to spend the first part of my life growing up in my mother’s art gallery. I moved to Colorado with my mom and sister in the fall of 1996. I had had success in the past painting the sky, but I was worried about the art falling into the whole cliché category of “pretty sunsets.” In order to accomplish the atmospheric concept, I had to change both the typical idea and look of the traditional landscape while executing the scene to the best of my ability. By removing the horizon line and changing the view on the canvas from a horizontal landscape to an undefined section, the atmosphere takes on a whole new appearance. I also paint on canvases that are physically larger than almost any person, literally surrounding the viewer, in order to encompass the magnitude of the subject. I graduated with my BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006 and since then have been living in Denver. I am continuing to paint the Atmospheric Series and looking forward to painting them even larger in the future. The only true obstacle in that is getting an even larger canvas through the doorway.