Beauty is all around us. It is found in the simple everyday as well as in the grand. Its presence is felt in people and in places. There is something enticing about beauty; it inspires and invites us to explore, contemplate, love and create. The quest for beauty could arguably be claimed as part of the universal human experience. Yet, it is possible that each individual draws different interpretations of beauty, just as numerous philosophers have expanded on the idea of the aesthetic quality of the sublime or sought to define it. In the end, we must agree that the elements that create or define beauty are in some ways intangible. I am forever inspired by the inscrutable nature of the beauty I have discovered and known, and it is this that pulls me to the easel. Journeying through mountain passes, it is the majestic solidarity found in the ancient shapes of looming mountains, juxtaposed with the ever-changing light and cloud formations that captured my imagination. There is a mystery in it all - that beauty ever ancient, ever new.