My work is intrinsically connected to my life's experiences. I have an interest in using symbolic images and metaphors to express my points of view. References to travel, nature, tribal patterns, and perhaps to certain artists are found in the acrylic, mixed-media paintings. Depending on the series with which I am currently working, color plays an important part, along with juxtaposition of line, value, shape, space and balance. My hope, as the artist, is for the viewer to experience and to respond with some emotional feeling or connection — perhaps to a color, an image or a title. And with this connection, a conversation might occur.