These paintings seem to emerge from the emotional experience of my everyday life and niggle at me until I cooperate and begin painting. More often than not I work spontaneously, first finding source photographs in books or on the internet and then sketching directly onto the canvas (in charcoal and then paint).
Most frequently the first thing on the canvas will be the figures (whether human or animal). After that they take on a life of their own and I go with the flow - painting each time until I feel done for the day. The paintings in this group have required from several weeks to months to complete. Because my office and studio are one space, the paintings are always “working on me” whether I'm painting, paying bills, or answering emails.
As I paint the thing most occupying my mind is color and space relationships. A certain balance is achieved in most layers, although some days it's difficult to not scrap the whole thing when that balance doesn't emerge. The resulting discontent is one of the things that keeps me painting - trying to recapture that balance.