For me the creative process is either directed by specific imagery or suggested by the media itself – sort of a subconscious to conscious ordering. The natural environment figures into much of my work. You can see a lot of my boyhood home in South Dakota in my abstract landscapes. I also draw inspiration from my current location in a semi-rural part of the Midwest. Each painting begins as a physical manipulation of the media. But just as changes in nature alter our surroundings, the actual process of painting guides the evolution of my work. As the painting develops I fine tune the composition. The initial image becomes less important and features may appear that are not planned. Some of the unplanned features enhance the composition and some do not. As the artist I must pay attention and only keep those that contribute to my vision of the final product.