I start by using various tools to sculpt, shape and build up a surface and texture. Materials I use include many layers of acrylic paint, plaster, and graphite markings. The appearance and feel of a painting can change drastically several times as my work continues. The process of discovering a harmony of texture and color is very exciting for me. I am often delighted by what is revealed when selected areas are carved and scraped away. Or, when new colors and textures are applied. After many surprises with addition and subtraction, a piece eventually comes to completion.