One of my first adventures in painting was with watercolor. As a part of that exploration, I became interested in Asian brush painting and calligraphy. I remain interested in the characters, and their creation using sumi ink. That led me to explore the abstract work of Franz Kline and others who generate works of energy and stark beauty at a larger scale. A recurring project has been the creation of new character-like images in both black and white as well as closely related colors.