In 2016, I traveled to southern China and visited the Guilin region, home of the prehistoric Karst mountains. Karst mountains are formed as acidic waters dissolve the limestone bedrock, creating spiky mountains, underground rivers, tunnels and caves. Chinese artists, particularly during the Tang dynasty, referenced the landscape not to reproduce it but to convey an emotion, an atmosphere of nature. The paintings also represented an escape from the chaos of a failing dynasty to the sanctuary of an imagined natural world. Similarly, my paintings strive to evoke an experience of being in nature without creating a literal likeness. These paintings take us to a strange yet magical world.