The large original abstract paintings are my opportunity to play with some of the stories in my head by expressing them in broader strokes and larger swaths of color and negative space. I begin these by pouring watered down paint over the large canvas and moving it around with various tools to create shapes. Sometimes, I just let the paint sit and gather on its own in different places. Others, a spatula, brush, or tilt in the canvas is used to make it move around and seek its own path. I do this in layers until the color and depth I’m looking for is achieved. Eventually, the canvas is hung on a wall for brush work, soft pastels, and pencil work. Sometimes, I lay it down again and start pouring over some of the finished work. I repeat this process until I’m satisfied with the result. In these and other paintings, each action is a response to the last mark, brush stroke, or poured area. Although I start with a concept in mind, I never know what it will look like until it is finished.