In the world of art, the artistic journey is an intuitive process of concealing and revealing, adding and subtracting, until the desired result emerges from the layers. The bold mark, a broken circle and scattered buttons symbolize the family unit in our society today. I see mark making as a way to express writing in my paintings. To me, the mark or brush stroke is not limited to representational but rather it is how I communicate an idea. I spend a great deal of time developing the idea, starting with thumbnail sketches and evolving the abstract through many small pencil studies. I work primarily with acrylics. This medium allows for versatility in creating textures, transparent and opaque effects, which I scratch and lift off to unveil the images that the painting communicates with my feelings and sensitivities. This artistic process encourages play, taking risks and exploration as part of the art making. My goal is to achieve an overall painterly quality that allows the viewer to continue reaching beyond the obvious, to find meaning each time they view the painting.