I strive to portray more than the actual. When I paint a surface, it is important to me that my audience is able to feel as well as to see the texture. This goal of discovering more is why I paint.
My work process has a rhythm: from photos, to drawings, to painted sketches, to a final piece. Each step for me is an experience or discovery allowing me to feel and familiarize myself with the subject. By the time the final piece is begun I often know the players, light, forms, etc. almost by heart which allows me greater freedom in the application of paint. On a good day, I am able to think with my hands.