Art is the creative journey which leads my exploration into painting and experimenting with color. These explorations allow my inner child to play with mark making on canvas and wood panels. My love of Oriental brush painting has influenced my work and fuels my practice of utilizing mixed media, such as collage elements into the works I create. East meets West as I integrate these influences with my passion for abstract expressionism - joining the exacting, methodical style of one, with the free, spontaneous flow of the other. Oriental influences are a natural pairing with my love of nature. As a gardener I'm enamored with flowers and trees which have become subjects of my work.