My paintings tend to gravitate toward moody eerie images. I attempt to create this through a formal visual standard of composition, color, juxtaposition, and relationship of form. A series of small collages have become the basis for new large-scale works. The compositions are independent of scale—small collages become large paintings—and color, shape, and subject matter are combined to create an abstract pictorial space. The backgrounds range from placid impressions to charged nervous settings for altered objects placed in front. The juxtaposed images relate to one another within the abstract composition. Color is an important factor; the relationship between the colors used is comparable to the juxtaposition of dissimilar images. The series Southbury Trees is based on close-up views of trees. These primary vertical forms create a rhythm across the horizontal expanse of the paper or canvas.