I have found that a painting only sits right when I choose to do the vulnerable rather than the expected thing. I like to explore the space where my impulses lead me down an unexpected path. The paintings seem to talk back when I end up surprising myself. Anytime I think I know what I’m doing, or have something figured out, the thing ends up playing a joke on me. I work on multiple canvases at once, using many materials and methods to explore different motifs. I settle on one motif at a time to use as an anchor within a single body of work, and from there explore many possibilities. Within that single framework, another motif will emerge that I will elaborate on or act on in direct opposition in the next body of work.