My painting ideas develop through drawings and watercolors. Sources include Islamic tiles, graphic design, African textiles, architectural plans, maps, cartoons, and the landscape. The work process is a simple back and forth, exploring options and consequences, contradictions and ambiguities. The results possess an animated and lively quality, full of idiosyncrasies that resist any easy identification. An overall sense of playfulness belies a more serious investigation of light and space, color and drawing. The paintings create their own location, a meditative and natural parallel to the world I am experiencing. Each one looks for a voice, a context for the individual parts, joining thought and action, material and idea.