My artwork usually begins with a response to an external or internal stimulus, often with something as simple as a heightened awareness of smell, a color, a shape, or a sensation on the skin. Sometimes it begins with an observation of the things around me in the landscape or of those that inhabit that environment, resulting in an awareness of relationships or events that strike me in a new way. It may evoke associations and cause me to reflect upon time, place, and circumstance. During the working part of the process the artwork unfolds, revealing itself in its making. The work becomes a visual artifact of my engagement with the world. The painted stroke, the mark on the surface, the relationships between forms all carry meaning not unlike sound in music. I ask the viewer to listen with their eyes.