"Living in the Linville area of North Carolina is like traveling without having to go very far. Everything is in a constant state of flux and each day brings a different light and mood to the mountains. In the past two years I have been experimenting with palette knives in an effort to produce looser images on gessobord, my painting surface of choice. Using the palette knife without any use of mediums has allowed me to discover brighter color combinations especially when most of the mixing is done on the gessobord surface itself. I have had to purchase a granite slab for use as my palette because the knives would continually carve into my previous cherry and walnut palette. First, I block in the design using a light wash of paint and turpentine. After that dries, I pick up the palette knife and begin work. Putting texture on the board adds another dimension to the painting process and is a thrill to produce. Some of my paintings in this show are painted purely with a brush some are produced only with the use of a palette knife, while others are a combination of the two. In that vein each painting is a surprise for me as the artist and for you as the viewer.