Mount Fuji appears in many of my paintings because few natural wonders echo Japan with the fascination, beauty, and awe the way its presence does. Fuji is probably the most important emblem in the natural landscape of Japanese culture. D. T. Suzuki says “the snow-covered peak of Fuji rises from the background of Emptiness.” What can he possibly mean?! Well, in Zen "emptiness" can mean “perfect form.” And in the traditional religion of Japan, kami-no-michi, or Shinto, “Fuji-san” is a deity of sorts, a live volcano bearing something magical & mysterious in its animate beauty that connects the present deeply to its past & future. If such a thing as ‘perfect form’ exists then surely this is one.