My photography research photos document the landscape vistas and farms belonging to the people living and working in the Palouse. While I enjoy photography immensely, the function of my camera is to frame vistas that I later use to create drawings in charcoal. My drawings are not photorealistic in style and rather, aim to capture a specific place, a time in a season, the rolling natural rhythms, a beautiful manmade pattern, the quality of light, and the image of the results of hard labor by farmers. Soil, grains, and both the legacy of heritage farmers and the architectural land masses are the subjects of my labor intensive drawings. Charcoal lends itself to dramatic, layered, and illuminated compositions. The finished drawings are achieved through building textures. It is a process I have honed to remove the charcoal with different erasure techniques and rebuild between those textures with additive drawing.
I view the architectural landscape vistas and the heritage farms as hallowed spaces. The drawings are "portraits of a landscape" so that each one is unique and special in it's own right.