Each painting begins in a state of chaos.
I pour, drip, scrape, sand and generally use tools I cannot control.
Over many weeks and over many layers, I look for some kind of beauty within the chaos.
I let go of any preconceptions and let the painting dictate its own course.
Like bringing up a child, each painting needs to gain experience.
And like a teenager it rebels and becomes its own thing.
Eventually it is strong enough to stand on its own two feet.
Only then does it leave the studio.