As an artist it is difficult to say exactly what it is I am doing, or perhaps better said, I never know how a painting will turn out. I start a painting with an idea based on direct observation. In my immediate surroundings, I look for a visual spark along with a personal connection to a subject to get me started. In the past couple of years I have found myself wanting to spend more time with my subjects, wanting to understand their forms better. Ironically I have also been spending more time working on the paintings away from the subjects, moving elements around in pursuit of a visual dynamic. It feels like a juggling act between observing and inventing that leads to the images. I am more interested in the evocative than the literal and perhaps that pursuit is what painting has been for me recently.