I often work in response to events around me and natural disasters are no exception. The first four paintings above are part of the Tsunami Series. I was horrified and haunted by the magnitude of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. These paintings express these emotions and contain layers of haiku and newspaper clippings about the event. Following is the Sandy Series. Hurricane Sandy devastated much along the East Coast, including my parents' home in Oceanside, New York. The underlayers of these paintings are dark and emotive, as I grappled with the losses that my family suffered. As my family's situation improved along with the weather, color returned to my palette, so that the surfaces of these paintings reflect hope and renewal. The final painting above is called Blizzard, and was painting during a blizzard in 2011.