My creative process begins with the assemblage of collage studies. As a world traveler, much of my inspiration comes from the places I visit, particularly those of a spiritual nature. While traveling, I photograph as much as possible, so that upon returning home, I can review what I've documented and select imagery for the creative process. The Internet and books also offer a wealth of visual knowledge to discover and utilize.
Creating collage studies is an enlightening process, allowing me to contemplate the imagery and explore its meaning. My work combines distinct cultures with cosmic or biological imagery, so connecting the various components gives me a chance to see how these varied ancient, scientific, and spiritual realms relate. Although I consciously know the intended imagery, the compositions form organically as I overlap and interlock the varying elements. Each collage informs the next, creating a story for the new series. Laying out the collages also determines the number of canvases for each piece, whether it be a single canvas, diptych, or multi-panel installation.
Once I have compiled about ten to fifteen collages for a new series, the painting process begins, translating the imagery into a grand scale.