I am a full time artist living in a remote area of northeast Alabama. I am inspired by Gauguin's violent use of color, Mary Cassatt's delicate and precise renderings, Eakins' honesty. I paint things from my life. I see both a tragic and stunning poetry in our mountains, creeks, and canyons. When I can share that and someone else can also see the beauty of a thing otherwise looked over like a dead tree or small creek, I feel like I've done my job as a poet and an artist - a wandering fool left staring into tide pools longer than is prudent or profitable. I think of myself as a modern cubist trying to find the patterns and rhythms that occur organically in nature.