It begins with something found. Something happened upon by chance, which compels me to begin a journey. A page opened in a magazine. A box left on a park bench. A bottle cap blowing down a street. Always that thought, “What can I make with this image? From this thing?” To me the discarded is my call to create. Most of my work starts as collage and remain paper collages. Others, I manipulate the surface applying layers of acrylics in washes and glazes, sometimes wiping areas away and scraping into the surface. Often the finished piece appears to be more a painting than collage. And other times I abandon the two-dimensional surface all together, using it as a jumping off point to do sculpture. Throughout my process, I draw on historical and nature imagery to engage the viewer in a shared tactile experience of the world around us.