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.

The South East: 2013-2017

England: 2009-2010

WNC: 2009

Pisgah Forest: 2008

Topsail: 2007