When I paint it’s like exploring a world that I'm creating in real time. When I begin a piece, I don't know what it will end up being, but I trust that I will find the way to my destination as I create the path towards it -- adding and subtracting various layers of mortar, gel medium, paper, acrylic paint, oil stick, and other ingredients. One thing leads to the next - and a balance gradually emerges. From there, a more specific expression often opens up, and I begin refining the composition. The end result can become either a medium for sharing a message or story, or simply a landscape of color and form. I’m inspired by ancient art, and the textures, colors, and materials I see in both natural and man made environments, as well as the often visual inner processes of the mind and being. It fascinates me how color and texture can evoke the remembrance of a place or an experience, or become the representation of a word, expression, or personal life event. One of the things I enjoy most about painting is the way the process supports me to remind myself that creating something in this life takes time, patience, and the willingness to learn from mistakes and always be open to new and unexpected solutions and methods. Join me in my art adventures!