These mixed media paintings are improvisational explorations with textural elements on the surface or layered into the paint. They are a fusion of painting and collage. They are true improvisations because there is no preliminary sketch–the entire work emerges in layers of sensory and felt experience with materials. I begin using charcoal as one might create a spontaneous dance, only I do this on the canvas. I am interested in releasing images accumulated and stored in my sense memory from a lifetime of seeing.