I lived on Pacifica beach south of San Francisco for 18 years, observing the ever-changing ocean atmosphere. In 2011 I began experimenting with some ocean canvases. These became my Pacifica Series. This was a departure for me, as the figure had been my primary subject. My early beach paintings were very minimal and meditative in mood. They explored the tension of the horizon, light and weather. I want the paint to communicate the texture, color, light, movement and smell of the ocean.