It's hard to describe why one paints...or how one paints. The clearest explanation, for me anyway, is I have 'visual reactions'. I like to work on large canvases, standing up as it frees my arms and my thoughts. Sometimes I have a very small starting point...object, idea, colour...something I've seen that I want to experiement with. I put something on the canvas and what follows is reaction after reaction to what goes on it next. So when the piece of artwork is done it is as big a surprise to me as it is to anyone who sees it. Some people ask me what I was thinking and my response is 'what was I thinking?' Balance, mood, line...lots of line, colour and texture...story.