I really value 'aliveness' in any art, so a perfect painterly finish has less importance than conveying movement and energy. My subject matter has mostly settled on abstracts, figures, buildings and boating scenes. And what I try do is express and share the thrill I feel when light hits these subjects. We now live in Houston, but I bring the bright light, the textures, and the eclecticism of South Africa in my work. I like the painting surface unpredictable, rough and scarred. I think this may be partly because I remember seeing my mother drawing funny cavemen in charcoal on a friends garage walls for their prehistoric themed party when I was five, and that pretty much made me want to be an artist. Though I now feel the only way to make a painting is to plan a work using sketches, and sometimes rearranging things on the Mac before I start, I still usually go into the studio with an open mind. After 20+ years of drawing at high speed for the advertising industry, I was very reliant on my line work--but that's changing the longer I paint.