For the past ten years, pastel has been my medium of choice. I believe it is the rich, immediate color, as well as the energy that can be achieved by the pastel strokes, that has made pastel my favorite. When choosing subject matter and composition, color is probably foremost in my mind. It is what draws me to a subject. My color choices are based on what is in front of me but as the painting wwwelops my choices are more intuitive and perhaps exaggerated as I try to express the feeling of what I am painting and as I respond to the painting itself. Every painting is an adventure – sometimes effortless and fun, sometimes a mighty struggle.