Color, texture, line, organic & geometric shapes are the visual elements of all my paintings. Landscapes from an aerial perspective or satellite view capture my attention for compositions. There is an overall continuity to all my paintings that represents the openness of the Kansas plains and growing up in a rural environment. The very beginning of my creative practice, I have been fascinated with the materials I use. Using thick paint, texture, oil glazes, incorporating saw dust, modeling paste, and hand stitching are all used within my paintings. The hand stitching in my paintings represents me, the thread weaving in and out through the paint is placing myself within each work. Oil glaze is pouring oil paint mixture on my canvas that is lying flat. Glazing provides a lack of control for me, the glaze moves freely throughout the surface of paint creating areas that could not be duplicated with a brush or palette knife.