The poet Pablo Nerudo said; “It was through metaphor, not rational analysis and argument, that the mysteries of the world could be revealed.” Poetic metaphors often serve as a jumping off point for my work, but with greater frequency, my inner instincts are guiding my hand. I begin painting by laying down colour, and shape expressively. I paint with thick transparent layers in cold wax and oil. I apply paint with a trowel or directly with my hands, and use pottery tools to excavate through the many thick layers. Sometimes this feels like jumping out of a plane and trusting that the parachute will open. My process, involves sitting back and looking, trying to understand the composition, and listening to the feelings and ideas that emerge.