I look to past and contemporary artists I admire. Many of them share a common thread. An ability and desire to draw from their surroundings and experiences as a foundation for their work. For me, this means focusing on what is passed over by others and deemed as inferior or undesirable which I know to be deserving of much more recognition. A goal of mine is to take what is ignored and give it a proper space, to give it regard.
There are uncountable breathless, incredible things in this world. I don't feel the need to depict most of them in my own creations for two main reasons: I either do not have adiquate personal experience with a particular place or thing, or the entity in question has plenty of spokespeople.
I am fascinated by the landscapes and wildlife of New Zealand, but I have never even been to New Zealand so I have no unique paradigm. I also love Yellowstone and the Tetons which are relativley short drives from where I grew up. I have spent considerable time in these areas but Yellowstone and the Tetons have countless talented people paying homage to them already.
I look to motifs which deserve just as much recognition as the Teton Range or Old Faithful but have not recieved nearly as much attention.
I could paint the Tetons. There would be short term reward because the average person is already conditioned to see their worth, but in the long run I think artists who have come before me have said enough. I rather look to places and things which still have great sums of poignancy to be explored.