Every year I return to beautiful Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine to paint. This is a scene from a place in the forest called "Cathedral Woods". When the afternoon light shines through the trees it looks like light in a church coming through stained glass windows. Although I paint lots of plein air landscapes, I also take many photos so that I can refer to them in the wintertime. This painting was done "alla prima" from reference photos. I kept it loose and energetic and recaptured the way I feel when painting on the spot outdoors.