I take time and care to stretch my own linen canvases and prepare the grounds, much like the old masters used to. In so doing, the surface develops its own unique character before a paintstroke is applied. My paintings move continuously between realism and imagination. I begin painting from life, then let my imagination take hold. I love to watch the oil paint glide across the smooth surface and let the drips and drops take on a life of their own. Each piece is a journey of exploration and learning.