My paintings are executed in oils, with the frequent addition of graphite, ink, or torn tissue paper for textural and linear emphasis. The works evolve from extensive under-paintings and glazes, which, while resulting in certain preserved 'accidents,' also serve as inspiration for the final more deliberate renderings. All of the oil paintings represent my ongoing involvement not only with landscape and seascape, but more importantly with light, strong colors, and textures. Shadow and form are folded over each other, highlighted, or scraped and rubbed away, resulting in the multi-layered pieces that define my work. Composition, color, texture and the use of glazes and layering have always superseded subject when I sit down at the easel. I find myself edging from reality into abstraction, but without losing a sense of time and place. Moving to rural Vermont from the New York metropolitan area 15 years ago, as well as vacation time spent in Nantucket, have given me a focus and helped me to create work that is mine and not a response to the latest trends in SoHo.