I consider myself an art-maker rather than a painter. Studio tools range from my hands to porcupine quills, an electric sander, and paint brushes. My desire is to create engagement and expose emotion rather than trying to reproduce an actual image of anything. Painting and drawing become meditative as drips and drops, boxes and lines, emerge and reveal the structure of my work. Lost in the process, I often wonder where so many night hours have gone. Layers are an essential part of my art-making. I like that the history of my painting often shows through the surface layers, as it does with all of us if you look closely. As a person who ordinarily gets twitchy with too much structure in her life, I've found that working with a loose grid helps me find order in a chaotic world.