The inherent drama of scratchboard - a painstaking medium in which the artist incises through a black ink layer to reveal the white clay board beneath - and the action of sunlit summer rodeos make a perfect marriage for me to explore my love of horses and bold values.

And a note on caring for scratchboards: I spray each finished piece with multiple coats of fixative and present the boards unglazed, in either silver-accented black frames or in floater frames. The only care your scratchboard artwork needs is to dust the surface, gently, on occasion; you can do that with a soft, clean microfiber cloth, either dry or slightly damp. You may feel the cloth 'drag' slightly over the fixative coats on the face of the piece, but that is not an issue.