As is the case for most artists, my work is intensely personal. Whether representational, abstract, or (as is usually the case) some combination of these two approaches, my art is heavily influenced by that “little voice” within me that tells me when something is right and when it is not. In making abstracts, I worry over color and its distribution on the canvas and while I like bright color I moderate the impulse to use it if it does not feel right. I am constantly drawing, and my more representational pieces usually result from my completing a drawing and realizing that it, alone or in combination with other drawings, has the potential for a good painting. When I am working primarily abstractly I generally begin with some idea, however hazy at the time, for a theme, usually in combination with some more specific ideas I have for color, composition, or for the addition of found objects. Occasionally I have even begun with a frame and curiosity as to how I might put something interesting in it.