I am drawn to forms and patterns in nature, then to the question of how to paint or draw what has spoken to me in life. My work starts with intense observation - the image changes constantly as my understanding of the subject grows, a messy process. At some point in every piece, however, my focus shifts to the abstract requirements of the composition itself. Then, light, shapes, color and the patterns they form become my primary concerns. I love to follow the way light reveals and destroys form and color and makes patterns of its own, especially in shadows and reflections. And I love finding and exploring the happy accidents that occur around the edges of my concentration. Each piece begins as a puzzle to be solved - an invitation to discovery. And while my finished work could be called, “realistic,” it really is a combination of representation, abstraction, and serendipity.