Inspiration often comes from my memories of places and events, and as I paint, I express my emotional reactions to colors, shapes, and surface textures. A part of each day is spent observing and sketching my surroundings, where I’m intrigued by the lines, shapes, shadows, patterns, and colors that I see.

I begin a painting with intuitive mark making and start to build layers without any preconceived idea of a finished work. As a painting progresses, I’m stimulated by working rapidly and responding spontaneously, incorporating all the “accidents and mistakes” as they occur. I aim at combining gestural actions and mark making, either striving to produce a sense of balance and harmony or emphasizing a feeling of fluctuation and dissonance. Over time a painting takes on its own life much like a dance, from one action to the next and the next and so on.