There are pieces of myself in the art that I create. Each piece holds the feeling of a moment in time. It’s like looking at a still frame of the feeling of a period of my life captured on canvas. This is especially true with the pieces that don’t take as long to create. Moods change with seasons. I am never the same person twice. Going back to a painting after letting it rest will change the feeling of it. Art is about balancing aesthetics. The balance of painting out of a feeling, but also listening to the painting, and following the rules that are created. Rules are important to follow with paint. When you start, the canvas is empty and the possibilities are limitless. The moment I choose a color, the possibilities shrink. The moment I put that color on the canvas, the possibilities shrink even more. And so, therefore ‘rules’ are decided. Listening to what colours the painting needs is following these rules. The other side is what is in me. The inspiration, the Drive, the Feeling, the mood, this is what initially starts the ball rolling. But I cannot let it take over a piece. The balance comes with listening to the canvas.