I have always enjoyed drawing and mark-making. An array of pencils and charcoal make differing lines that can express a range of emotions. One mark leads to another, and another, creating movement across the paper. I start playing with color, making shapes and lines with palette knives, and the composition develops.
I like to work in a square format because it removes the expectations that come with a landscape or portrait-oriented rectangle. The symmetry of a square encourages the viewer’s eye to move around the space. In addition, with an abstract piece, I can turn the work, looking at it in all four directions. This helps me make decisions about composition and choose the final orientation.