Life is the focus of much of my work where I experiment with its impressions. I like to use metaphors to convey my intent. I also like experimenting with color to see how certain colors set up a vibrancy. Two approaches dominate. One involves planning at the outset with preliminary drawing and subject matter in mind. The other is the result of experimentation, usually beginning with pouring paint over torn rice paper shapes. As the painting dries to a barely damp stage, the rice paper is carefully removed and dried. Sometimes it is collaged back onto the painting. The work evolves over time as it reveals a subject,mood or design. Successful paintings happen when everything works. They are the product of years of thought and practice and a few hours of inspiration.