I am driven to paint by color and shape. When I approach a blank sheet - I clear my mind. I begin by making marks -- usually with a color that I find annoying or unsettling --just to throw myself off. That color demands another more mitigating color and the adjacent colors begin to form a shape. I rotate the canvas 360 degrees and all stations in between in order to search for the beginning of life, which usually manifests itself with a line, a gesture or an edge. Just a glimpse, really. Then the work begins. So, each piece I paint is a surprise to me --revealing more of its own truth as I work.