Approaching Summits The peaks and summits of mountains real and imaginary allow me to explore a journey of adventure in these paintings. Influenced by my time hiking among the giants, as well as dream-states revisiting them, I have tried to capture a sense of being drawn upward approaching their summits, toward the pinnacles. Formidable, mostly devoid of the softness of nature, they stand beckoning and calling me with their mystery and challenge. Sheer rock precipices covered in ice and snow foretell the danger and awe one feels in their presence. Each painting took me to that place where I stood humbled and thrilled all at once.