The natural world is deeply beautiful and nurturing to me. The cycle of seasons, the changing color and shape of clouds, the grasses moving in the wind, the rush of water, reflecting shadow and light--all these sights become subject matter for my abstract work. In my painting process, I draw upon the Alchemical concepts of Spirit in Matter and the connection between heaven and earth, that mystical juncture of sky and land.
I spend a long time gathering images, observing color and energy, discerning what is central to the concept that I wish to capture through abstraction. When I begin to work, I start from the accumulation of those concepts, but at some point, I enter into a dialogue with my work and allow the relationship between myself and the subject matter and the canvas to emerge. This is respectful and natural to me. Long ago, I realized that while I was in charge of some part of the creative process, something larger was speaking through me that I needed to honor. In the end, if I have done that, the painting feels true and good.