Lake Michigan is vast and varied, its mood ranges from placid to dangerously violent. In Winter shoreline is often encased in otherworldly ice formations that change every day. I like to visit the lake in the depths of winter to photograph the fast-morphing landscape. Translating what my camera captures into oil paintings gives the images a depth and tangible feeling that photographs cannot match. Painting also enables free manipulation of all the elements of the picture to balance them according the needs of the picture. I employ facets of nonrepresentational painting to heighten the visual interest of the composition, such as contrasting rough textured passages with dead-flat ones or using effects to "abrade" the surface. Crushed glass with impasto, to mention another example, is sometimes used to mimic sand and ice.