When I work with oil or pastels I feel a wonder to watch the colors define a shape and change its meaning and intensity. I am reminded that I never see enough. I begin a piece by “getting to know the subject” by sketching it. I know a piece is complete when I reach the point where I have nothing more to say to define it. When my work is progressing well, I am filled with a sense of caution to approach the ending slowly. When people see my work, I‘d hope they would have a connection through my work. I hope my work reveals a connection with my inner thoughts, fears, and joys, to others. I always feel I am learning and growing, and sometimes a sense of empowerment which is tempered by many mistakes in the growing process. My desire is continued growth which will enable better communication through my work. Once a piece is started I often select music which will inspire and give strength to my desired outcome. Some ideas lend themselves to specific materials while some ideas don’t. It’s a journey to discover which material best works with the idea and finished product. Sometimes I am amused to find how some finished works meet the “Minds Eye” while others miss the mark entirely. I am being currently influenced by David Leffel, Jeremy Lipking, Sargent, Zorn, Bourchereau (among others). I feel the desire when painting figurative works to relay the inner struggle we all go through to a viewer. I want to make that connection that we are not traveling down this road alone. I am trying to take my work down more realistic completions while incorporating more impressionistic methods. Bringing the two together which speak to others is the challenge.