The challenge of abstract art keeps me at my easel. I work in many layers, which encourages viewers to participate in the process of discovering elements underneath and within the painting. Each layer is important to the finished piece. Much like people, my paintings can embody beauty, mystery, and awkward transitions as they mature into the final 'masterpiece.' All those elements fit together, just as our past and our experiences mold us into the people we are today. This concept helps me as I'm in the middle of a painting and it feels like a train wreck. When I relax, and keep moving forward, it will eventually turn into something purposely beautiful.