My Landscapes s are painted with oil on panel and depict the natural beauty of the Central Appalachian landscape. I feel a connection to the natural world is important not only to the individual spirit but our community and society as a whole. My hope is that each painting helps to deepen individuals' connections to, and respect for, the natural world.
I begin my painting sessions en plien air, then return to work in my studio and allow the piece to take on a life of its own. To influence this process, I often take the painting back outside and incorporate the light, color, atmosphere, and pulse of other landscapes into the original piece. Throughout this process I craft each material used; sizing, ground, paint, medium, and varnish, by hand.
The intention of this series is to spark a dialogue on how we can conserve, sustain, and grow our natural assets to better contribute to the health and economic well being of Appalachian communities. I invite the viewer to consider ways that we can responsibly use nature to sustain our communities through sectors like local food systems, arts and crafts, forestry, and energy efficiency.