Painting for me is an intentionally imprecise recollection of nature and landscape. I am inspired by surfaces that are weathered by subtlety or varnished by the environment, and I attempt to convey this by layering emotive color and texture. When I begin a new painting, my first step is to rapidly cover the blank surface with paint and collage. This is done intuitively and without consideration of the finished piece. While the surface dries, layers are added to existing paintings in progress. Working with the painting lying flat as opposed to hanging vertically facilitates the addition of texture and the pooling of thick layers of paint while allowing for constant re-evaluation from multiple angles. I typically work on many paintings simultaneously, which allows me to cycle through paintings, applying subsequent layers of transparent color. A painting is finished when the composition and surface are in harmony.