"I am an abstract painter and use oil, acrylic, gouache, raw pigment, and metal on canvas, wood, and paper. These materials give a textured and layered quality. My work is informed by nature and art but it is my interaction with the materials that interests me most. Sometimes an image, color, texture, sound, or even a scent will push me toward beginning a painting. I don't have a fixed idea but I like to bring to the work all the doubt, humor, and contradictions of the day. I admire the artists Velasquez, Goya, de Kooning, and the Catalan master Antoni Tapies."