If I lived in a city that was occupied by tanks and gunfire, then my paintings would probably be political. But I don't. I live in Kentucky, which means that my surroundings are occupied instead by something else: an ever present, but silent,profound presence of the American landscape. And because of this, my work is full with a different kind of politics: the psychology of my life as it exists in this landscape. This landscape is at times luminous, oppressive, lush, or colorless, as it sees fit. But no matter what form is takes, it sinks into my psyche daily, and I am armed with it, for better or worse, each time I approach a canvas indoors, each time I notice and arrange a model, and each time I compose ideas with wide ranging influences.