In 2018, after losing 3 members of my family in a short 14 months, I started painting a series of works titled 'softness touching the earth' inspired by the scenes of clouds intermingling with the land, something so reminiscent of living in the Pacific Northwest for many people. I think there's a spiritual essence or kind of reverence we have for these moments and also a comfort. I took the sensations I felt when experiencing this marrying of the heavens and earth and used them as a healing force in my studio. September always brings a resurgence in this atmospheric effect, so I've got a few of these paintings currently in the works in the studio. Just like I paint my florals in season, a lot of the atmospheric paintings are also precipitated by an event occurring in nature.