I am inspired by the beauty of simple things. I work almost exclusively in oils, and my paintings are realistic but not photographic. I begin with an accurate contour, then I strive to break down the complex form into a collection of simple shapes, abstract planes that absorb and reflect light in unique ways. Painting in this way seems similar to working in stained glass or embroidered tapestry in that it requires deliberate choices of color and value for each shape. My best paintings happen when I work quickly and stop before the piece is absolutely "finished".