I paint with watercolor on paper. Instead of framing the work behind glass in the traditional way, I stretch the paper over canvas then protect the surface with a wax-based varnish.
The way watercolor paint behaves on paper matches the way I see. As I go about my day-to-day activities, I notice certain light patterns, colors, and textures, and automatically think about the techniques I would use to depict them in a painting.
I have always felt a strong sense of connection to the landscape around my home in eastern Kentucky. I feel particularly drawn to subjects that are unwanted, disparaged, or obsolete. Roadside weeds, abandoned steel mills, and deserted houses fascinate me. The physical signs of the passage of time, like rust or peeling paint, give tantalizing hints to the stories that came before. I often mix these images from real life with images from my imagination.