I live five blocks from Lake Michigan and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. As an artist, I am driven to capture the lake’s power and beauty at every opportunity—in any weather, season or time of day. Standing on the shore and looking out over its vast surface, I feel both the enormity of the lake and an intimacy with it. I marvel at how the colours, textures and sounds blend together to communicate the lake’s mood. Sometimes calm and serene, other times roiling and violent—but never mute. Through my work, I aim to share these moods with viewers, evoking in them a deeper appreciation of the priceless natural resource we have in Lake Michigan and all of our Great Lakes. From this appreciation, I hope to inspire a sense of stewardship. The lakes are ours to enjoy today, but also ours to protect and sustain for generations to come.