A blank canvas beckons for marks of oil pastel, followed by layers of acrylic paint using a palette knife. Newspapers from my foreign travels are used to blot and lift wet paint with the side benefit of ending up with beautiful papers that are then incorporated into my works. Throughout the development of my paintings I am also continually etching into the wet paint to create organic lines and depth. This exposes the buried layers of paint, pastel and applied papers and helps make each piece unique and very distinctive. This is repeated often, with final touches deliberately placed until I have a balance of active & quiet areas, energetic color & meandering line.