"Each canvas is approached with an open mind. The painting may begin with an idea or just an emotion. I start to work, allowing the painting to dictate its direction. Colors change as they are layered, figures emerge and take form, and texture is applied in an almost meditative nature, until finally the painting arrives close to its destination. I step back and consciously apply technical principles to enhance its design or to emphasize its message. It is a soulful union of painter and canvas through which the painting arrives at its final state."