Art gives us an understanding of place. One of the things an artist does is show us the way each place is beautiful, or awesome, or terrible. I have lived in the same place for nearly twenty years, where I have built my own studio and house. Like the 'One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji,' doing pictures of the same area again and again in the different seasons and times of the day is a way to gain a deeper understanding of a place. Just as it takes a long time to understand the subtleties of an area, I like to make pictures that 'grow on you.' Although realistic, my work is not photographic. Naturalistic is perhaps a better description.
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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