I’m a self-taught artist and have been drawing and painting for nearly 40 years. I’m interested in the process that creates a painting. Though it involves imagination, this process is affected by chance, so that when I begin a picture I have only a half-formed image of what the finished painting will look like. The completed piece only slightly resembles the image that I had in mind when I began it. I think of this as improvisation. Over the years that I’ve been painting, I’ve learned to trust the brush and the materials – to let them take the lead – and not think too much about how it will end up.
I don’t know beforehand how a picture will turn out, and this is part of what makes painting interesting.