I am moved to explore the concept of the Madonna because she symbolizes the protector and intercessor that mediates between heaven and earth. I am deeply concerned about the degradation of the natural world, which increases in relation to human population growth. These catastrophic events we now experience (hurricanes in the south, fires in the west) were all predicted decades ago, corresponding to human activities. Those who cherish the natural world cannot help feeling concern for wildlife and wild places. I paint these images to illuminate my passion for the creatures that share our world.