Most of my work begins with a realistic image. Through the creative process it often changes many times and the color combinations and overlapping lines and spaces direct the final piece. Similar to the way one life influences another; my pieces develop through the process of mark making.
People come into our lives and leave a mark on us. Some marks enhance our lives and some marks deface. Through careful editing, my paintings are a reckoning of those marks. The editing process will generally either finish the piece or ruin it completely. Some elements remain from stage to stage, but others are lost entirely. Some scars cannot be covered up and must be incorporated into the image; other impressions create a web that becomes a new matrix on which to build. Often the original image is unrecognizable in the final product and sometimes that original image maintains its integrity. Art parallels life.