I am a Southern landscape painter who uses abstraction as a vehicle to present my artistic concepts. In my youth, I spent many hours playing in pine forest across the street from my house so this accounts for my fascination with pine trees, hills and hollows and landscapes in general. I like the stickiness and the thickness of oil paint and I apply it with a palette knife, but I sometimes scrap a hand-full of paint off my palette and smear it on the painting. I also use brushes, paper towels and what ever is handy to apply paint to the canvas. I consider myself a cubist, breaking down areas into slabs of color. Studying Han Hoffman taught me how to achieve depth by using color alone.