I adore cities. Living in rural Floyd County, I recognize that I need the jolts I get from urban experiences to jump start my creative process. When I spend too much time in the studio, my energy dissipates and the walls shrink around me. So I travel, seeing as much as I can, walking just about everywhere, soaking up the pulsing energy of the city. When I get home, I'm refreshed and inspired, ready to tackle all the ideas zipping around in my head.
The fun begins when I begin flipping through the hundreds of photos I've taken, looking for some snipped that gets my creative juices flowing. I play around with zooming in on a subject possibly way in the background, usually something that my eye did not notice the instant I took it. I'll zoom in, tilt, and experiment until I get a composition that physically makes me catch my breath. In the interest of drawing attention to that single moment in time, I push the boundaries of color and light. My latest paintings may be abstracted out or more representational, depending on what they need as I go along. A painting NEVER ends up the way I initially imagined. They take on a life of their own when I get out of the way and listen.