The act of painting has been explored, and mastered by so many artists that some like to proclaim, “Painting is dead!” The idea that nothing new, mind-blowing or trendsetting can be achieved with paint frees me to explore the only thing that I can do uniquely with paint, my mark. Every painting I start is a challenge to myself. I’ve studied art, but find I use intuition much more that calculation. Which rules I choose to follow or break, each solution to each problem I cause leads to an image that only I would make. Sometimes success seems to originate from mistakes and accidents. In trying to solve these problems, a new idea will arrive…this alchemy keeps me repeating the process. Having returned to Richmond, Virginia after many years away, I have been focusing on landscapes that feature scenes from my hometown. I usually mix the paint right onto the canvas. I work from photographs, but I never stick to reality. Many layers of acrylic and then water-soluble oils , are applied onto the canvas using the “indirect method” a slow process, to help achieve more depth. I enjoy the process of presenting the image while infusing it with an otherworldliness by manipulating line, shape, texture, color.