I ﬁrst began painting in the 1980’s with oil and later with watercolor. Watercolor remained my preferred medium until earlier this year when I discovered an old box of pastels in our basement. After my ﬁrst few marks and blending, I knew this would be the medium to best help me express the inspiration and feelings I enjoy when I am out in the wilderness. Since I can no longer backpack or climb the mountain trails, I try to relive those experiences through my paintings. My goal is not necessarily to replicate the scenes, but rather to paint the inspiration and emotions that I experienced there. My hope is that the viewer will ﬁnd a brief respite from their busy world and enter into the cathedral of the wilderness and ﬁnd peace and joy.