The first stroke of paint goes on the canvas with a flourish and at that point I have made a mark to which I must respond. Every line, brushstroke or mark-making gesture serves to inform my next move. I like the surface to be built up and multi-layered, so the early stages of painting are random and carefree, thus creating richness and complexity. As I move through the work I hone in on areas that excite me and let those parts become standout features of the painting. My work grows to completion organically, without preconceived ideas about the look of the finished piece. The painting is finished when the colors sing and the composition piques my interest.