"The nature around me is an Appalachian landscape. It's challenged me more than most subjects I’ve explored. After creating art about this area for over seven years, I still see something new with every painting. This comes from seeing the ground as a narrative. I believe from this view is how to experience and interpret this terrain. I create large canvases in my studio where I manipulate images to increase feeling of an area. I also travel and paint on location at times. The pieces from locations reveal an intimate reality to the subject being painted allowing insight into my studio works. In the end, the thing I seek is drama from an area I know and love."