I think one of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome as an artist was to learn to work without any regard to the outcome. I think that this is why I love working in layers...I just keep adding one colour and pattern on top of another....no mistakes or judgement at this point, just more of everything. And once I have completed the ground, I can add something, anything, on top of it and do it all over again to my heart's content. The layers make the paintings more interesting and seem to remove the pressure to create something perfect on the first go. I had the most interesting conversation with my doctor this week. He talked about how the lack of knowledge and understanding, basically fear, seems to be the root of most problems in our society today...both physically and emotionally. I think it's this same fear that keeps us rooted in the deep need for perfection in ourselves and in our art. Whenever I watch children with art supplies, they usually don't really listen to direction, but rather are so excited to begin and then to share what they have created that it is a joy to watch. It is that childish enthusiasm that I want to hold on to in my own exploration.