My paintings always begin with texture. Applying acrylic texture mediums as grounds instead of using more traditional methods of canvas preparation helps me to determine the direction each painting will take while still allowing for various degrees of paint and color manipulation. Though I’ve been using textures such as pumice, crackle, and sand for several years, it is only in the last two years that I’ve begun to move away from images as my main motivation for painting. Previously, I worked from photographs I took myself or from movie stills found in books. The current direction of my work reflects a desire to feature texture itself as the subject of the painting, without the associations and distractions attached to the representation of identifiable objects. In essence, the act of painting has become for me a way of covering and revealing rather than simply showing. Instead of labeling the work abstract in the usual sense, I prefer to think of it as non-figurative even though it may occasionally contain suggestively representational elements.