The work presented here are my efforts to redefine what is important to me about painting. They are a departure from my previous figurative work based on observation. The marks now liberated form the image explode off the page. These works are joyous, vivid displays of color, paint, and pattern. The images are worked and reworked until they come together in a surprising and often unpredictable way. They are a reflection of how art can be used to adapt to a new environment and the personal challenges of change. Perhaps they capture the energy of New York City.