Someone walked into my studio the other day, took one look at this painting, and said “Is that the James in downtown Richmond? Near Belle Isle Maybe?” It is, in fact, exactly that view. For me, to have someone recognize such a specific location in my work is the highest compliment. I am always striving, even in the loose suggestiveness of my interpretations, to pinpoint something known. A place that you can put your finger on, that triggers memories and associations. If I can do that, I have done my job.