My series of mixed media paintings was launched during the winter of 2012 and is ongoing. Some of these paintings are non-objective abstractions while others are more suggestive of the landscape, trees, or other natural forms. I like to begin by drawing with charcoal or brushing on a gestural wash of acrylic paint. I may have an image in mind or I may simply begin with gesture and movement. Once I see the composition emerging I add in textural elements–bits of textured papers and cloth–with glue. My color palette emerges in response to the overall design. I am curious about the relationship between surface, form, light, and space in these compositions. The whole creative process is an improvisation.