For the most part my paintings stem from the imagination.  The compositions are formed by the experiences and emotions I have had in my life.  I always begin working with something from nature; this can be the figure, landscape, etc.  There is always more happening at the beginning, then I eliminate some of the form as the painting develops.  There is often a time in the work when I don’t believe I am aware of what is happening; the subconscious takes over and moves things around with its own mind to enlarge the boundaries of experience.  I want to tell a story but one that is not obvious.  I try to get to that point by using recognizable shapes and abstract form.