These landscape paintings are derived from locations in Maine, Quebec and Newfoundland. Placed into idyllic scenes, insects emerge in unlikely poses. They are actors in small dramas - floating, falling, erupting, journeying. Painted from specimens in my studio, the insects are dead and tattered, only husks remaining. Their incursions into settings of ideal beauty and calm creates a strange element of disquiet. In the compression of this work there is an intimacy and intensity of feeling. I also have a renewed interest in the craft of painting and in the sensual pleasure of seeing a painting that is a beautiful object. The meditative process of observing and rendering these subjects so carefully becomes part of the content of the work.