A view from the train to Perpignan inspired me to paint bodies of water glimpsed in transit. Long ago, before the Rhone was emasculated, wetlands covered the whole area between Marseille and Perpignan. Even today there is still a lot of water, creating the edge between land and sea that lifts my heart.

Living in the south of France, what I most miss is the magnificent Pacific ocean, with its infinite moods and grandeur. Point Reyes, a peninsula north of San Francisco (which actually sits on the Pacific Plate,and is migrating north along with it; the San Andreas fault separates it from the continent) continues to be a source of inspiration.