My studio practice serves as the foundation for my dialog with audiences. It is extremely important to me that most symbols emerge over long periods of time but, once their interpretive function is determined, their uses permeate cultures and are unconsciously understood. I attempt to simulate this process by researching slowly and producing images quickly. This concept is the guiding principle when I choose how to work and the media I use. Another way I mirror the manner in which societies create and modify symbols is by embracing improvisation and happenstance while I work. Acrylic paint allows me to work quickly, as does gouache, pen, ink, and monotype. I find etching particularly satisfying, its additional preparation process feeling more like research than image making.