Why, "Practicing Painter and Observer of Light"?

When describing what I do, I tend to avoid the label “Fine Artist.” The phrase I like to use is, “Practicing Painter and Observer of Light.” 

I do my best to approach the craft of painting as a doctor practices medicine—understanding the fundamentals as a science, while the artistry is the curation of those fundamentals.  Nature’s infinite story, raw and exquisite, has visual symptoms that are ripe to be picked, examined, understood, and expressed. By choosing which of these facts I will translate, I hope to create deeply felt and observed work, inspiring the viewer to recognize the surrounding world of visual music.