My paintings are one of the primary ways in which I document my dreaming and waking relationships with living things. My artistic process usually begins with observational, literary and artistic research, which I use as inspiration to produce sketches created from memory and life. These sketches then inform my painted images and other works. As my paintings evolve layer by layer, I welcome elements of chance and accident so that the final product is often a surprise even to me. My methodology is thus a melding of research, dreaming, fluke and the magic that happens along the way. My paintings are an expression of my empathy for ugly and under-loved creatures of the Earth and of imagined realms. I think of the figure-ground relationships in my paintings as a goulash in my cauldron, where the boundaries between portrait and landscape dissolve. I paint worlds where foregrounds and backgrounds shift so that environments and inhabitants melt in and out of each other in a spirit of trickery.