I see my work as a continuous mix of influences and styles which are simultaneously simplistic and complex in realization. The combination of these elements have been present in my work since its inception. I am influenced by the color in the work of Hans Hoffman, the fluid passion of Willem DeKooning, the precision of Arshile Gorky and the originality of Frank Lobdell. I am predominantly self-taught and continue to paint and define my own style through experimentation. Painting allows me to express the beauty and ugliness which exists within each of us. I enter the studio with a commitment to create new and unusual work inspired by my interactions. Generally I work spontanious,I just start with a mark & continue to build on it, sort of like when a dancer makes up new moves,I dance & move with the canvas and just let it lead me! Pieces can take any where from 3 hours to 3weeks, Colors sort of set the mood for the viewers, some serene,some dark & chaotic, I am fully influenced by the Abstract painters of the 40's-50's from New York & California. My mood and the music I listen to helps set the tone for my sessions in the studio.