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As a realistic oil painter, one of the main goals in translating our environment onto canvas is to reach out to the viewer. I want the person looking at the painting - to look into it; to make them feel like they are there and they can walk through it. The intent is not just to create another pretty picture, but to immerse the viewer in the surroundings. It is also about more than just a view of a place. Each painting is a carefully calculated decision of composition, light and shadow, and spatial relationships, designed to tell a story and lead the viewer. Not every painting will have the same effect on every individual, but each one will hopefully make a specific emotional connection to each person and help them to notice the little things in life.