My work is about transforming the mistake. In my process, I re-use old canvases, working into layers of paint, actively "damaging" the surface to give each painting a history. The soap which is used to clean brushes was an unexpected discovery. It eats away layers of paint in what I call "LIFTS"----revealing hidden colors below. The process is unpredictable and requires a fearless leap of faith. These ghosts of underlying imagery visually communicate abstract concepts of impermanence and fragility. The choices I make between figuration and abstraction, between what is implied and what is revealed, serve to pull the viewer into the surface of the painting and leave them with questions. My paintings are the fields upon which my spirit shadow boxes; control versus letting go, fear versus trust, infused with human sadness yet “… with the birds, they share a longer view.