My journey as an artist is one of discovery as I build an abstract painting layer upon layer. I begin my making a mark or laying down a wash of color and then in an organic manner I respond moment to moment as I engage in the process of paint application. Addition and subtraction are important in my work; by adding to or erasing areas I build the new while allowing some history to remain. My work reflects an understanding and honoring of the impermanence of life. Nothing stays as it was. Each painting evolves much as our lives do. Having only a vague idea of where I want to go I intuitively respond to the painting, honoring its past while opening to the present. Contrasts are important in my work -- contrasts of color, texture, light and dark, foreground and background, complex detail against simple expanses of color, always trying to bring discordant areas into balance and harmony.