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The visual transformation from chaos to order is the best way to explain my most commonly used approach to
painting. Working spontaneously, intuitively and without exceptions, I combine color and gestural mark making to
begin the layering process of my paintings.
I remind my students, “this is the stage in a painting to best capture the creative energy of the initial inspiration.
This is the beginning Chaos where I let the spirit of the fluid watercolor have a say. The paint flows, the colors
mix and the sedimentary and staining pigments interact in magical ways that I could never create with my own
hand.” Order is brought to the lively, colorful and chaotic first layer by working back into the painting in several
layers. Interlacing a planned compositional understructure and building visual depth with each layer. I gradually
introduce my imagery until the painting (whether representational or not) is complete. The composition dramatic
and the message subtle.