My aim is that the work should be created free from preconceptions, inheriting a character and life that may only be discovered through the actual process of painting.
I have found that by reworking the same image, at different locations, the drawing has broken away from purely representational concerns. This approach has also encouraged my imagination when revisiting the work, in order to develop it, and has helped me to avoid merely illustrating first impressions. In turn, this has enabled me to immerse myself more deeply in the activity of painting.
By not completely dictating direction, and allowing for an element of chance, the work begins to develop its own language and identity; thus creating a dialogue formed by internal responses to my subject and, I believe, ultimately creating a sense of personal history through the overlaying of paint.