I take a lot of my inspiration from mid-century abstract painters and abstract expressionism in general. I'm fascinated by those artists who were working just after WWII and who changed the face of art forever by showing the world that it was ok to make a mark on the canvas that didn't really represent anything. It was mark making for it's own sake.
I'm also fascinated by the interaction of the materials I use with each other. Simply watching the way the colors mingle on the canvas and the way the surface changes with every stroke of the brush or pallet knife is endlessly enjoyable for me. The completion of a painting can be a bittersweet experience for me because the fluid process of applying paint to canvas is often more important than the completed piece.