My expressive paintings are process driven, a kind of meditation that allows me to tap into the deep places and my connection to the world around me. Words, rhythms, images, sounds — experiences that evoke a visceral response in me become the source, the reservoir that I draw from when I paint. Starting with random marks and responding to them intuitively, my paintings are built up in layers and go through many changes, like thoughts morphing across the surface. Manipulation of a limited palette and contrasts are used to create tension: warm colors vs. cool, texture vs. smooth; calm, muted colors supporting marks of high energy and motion. These drive the process, and affect the underlying feeling of the piece. As a painting progresses, it may suggest something–a feeling, a place or memory. I may decide to try to develop that thought, though more often than not, the thread gets painted over and it becomes something entirely different. A painting is not complete until I sense in it a certain life or spirit. Ultimately, it is all about the process and the physical act of creating: becoming the brush, responding to the surface, the visceral feeling of engaging it, the discovery, the evolution of the painting as it changes. It all becomes a dance, finding just the right balance between intention and intuition to bring the composition to a satisfying conclusion.