July of this year, I spent a week at Arrowmont School of Arts in Tennessee with Michael Hofman, a fellow artist friend who works in ceramics. We both wanted to experiment with new materials in a fiber workshop, hoping to be inspired in a new sculpture direction, and enjoying each other’s company. On a walk around campus, the Tennessee fires of November 2016, which had burned a considerable amount of the forest and buildings, took us back. I had taken a photograph of where the remains of a campus building had been, the beauty of the charred wood and wildflowers were inspirational. Upon returning to my studio in Asheville, a landscape emerged from what was trying to be an abstract painting. The painting “Renewal, Out Of The Ashes” was the beginning of more landscapes over the following months.