For a long time, I’ve felt that a painting is alive when I can feel the space in it. My approach to painting is improvisational. Brushstrokes cohere into structures that serve as containers for space and fold together a range of approaches to form, among them hard-edged geometrical shapes, gestural dry-brushed strokes of ink, and architectural references. Although abstract, my paintings evoke shifting identities such as a ghost ship, a spotlight and a sun, and a black widow spider. I am working on three groups of paintings: large-scale, mixed-media paintings of structures; small ink paintings stained on unprimed linen and intensely colored brush works on hand-made sheets Indian wasli paper.