Painting satisfies a basic need for me--a channel to my inner self, a reflection of meaningful experiences, a connection to other people--and I cannot imagine life without it. After painting professionally for almost 30 years, the development of my personal abstract iconography still compels me to confront the endless challenges of my process. I work with a balance of spontaneity and careful editing. Multiple layers of paint are selectively scratched, eroded and dissolved, an approach that reflects the natural processes that inspire me. My aim is to achieve a structural integrity through quiet energy and nuanced surfaces.