Most of my paintings in recent years have focused on using coffee and ink on antique ledger paper to create ethereal portraits that reveal the ephemeral nature of people and society. The ledger paper comes from an old, rural Appalachian store that has been unused since its heyday in the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s. The images are entirely rendered using a brush, lots of coffee, and a bit of ink for the darkest darks. Much of the subject matter and themes revolve around my connection with my Appalachian heritage.