"I am interested in painting what I call the overriding 'emotional gestalt' of my life at the time I am painting.

"While I often use photographs that I’ve taken for the purpose of composition, I usually add or subtract and even move around components. I am more interested in getting the emotion of the landscape, the sensations, its smells, the feel of the wind, or the sense of loneliness, rather than what it may actually look like."

Pictured above: Circus Series: the Acrobats, ©Phyllis Bluhm