I use a style of flowing pattern which communicates a world that is ever shifting, with places and faces that are ever changing.
I would not try to copy these images exactly, for two reasons. First, a photo copies nature with an exactness that is limiting. Second, once I've started the painting I'm already trying to capture something that is gone. I feel more accomplished adding to beauty or depth that I see, than trying to hold onto something fleeting.
There is both the challenge to work with the style I use, while maintaining depth and a sense of presence. The trees, lakes, and rocks of northern Ontario must be recognizable, just as a face can be stylized and distorted, so too can landscapes become changed to the point that they lose who and what they are.