From a 1,000ft. view, the surface of the Earth is expansive and delicate. Rivers become highways. Towns are islands. Forests mirror buildings in an image that appears in an instant and vanishes the next: golds, silvers, burning rivers, a racing sky, and glistening houses and factories. The stillness created by the distance of flying high in a helicopter over my world betrays the energy and the powerful potential of the systems below. I capture a moment in the air and translate it onto my canvas: bold colors, lines of glowing energy, and careful moments of pause. I paint places as I understand them rather than how I see them, in order to process how our world outside reflects our world within. I cannot see all that we do with my feet on the ground. A new perspective helps.