Sometimes I will make drawings, prints, and multiples of an idea in a variety of materials before I begin a painting. I work in oil on canvas, mostly in direct observation of the subject unless I am working from my imagination or memory. Other times I will work my idea out directly on the canvas and through this process attempt to find the image acting as both image maker and image seeker. The weight of oil is much different than acrylic and lends itself to me to provide a deeper connection. I work using hand held pallets and love the feeling of holding the paint in my hand. It reinforces the connection between hand, eye and heart.