For many years I made my living as an aerial cartographer, drawing plan and contour maps from aerial photos. As a result, I became intrigued with seeing the earth from the sky, and it was only a matter of time before I began to incorporate this perspective into my landscapes. I use an oblique perspective where the scene is viewed at a slight angle instead of straight down, as this gives the paintings a little more tension and allows for some interesting angles and shadows. The sprawling farm properties and large open areas provide ample opportunity for color and texture experimentation and the silos and trees jutting out of the flat earth accentuate the illusion of depth. Ideally, these pieces enhance the slightly skewed feel of seeing a common rural scene in a unique and interesting way.