Every time I paint, I am humbled and surprised by the magic of the elements: ink, brush, and paper. My practice of painting comes from somewhere deep down. Letting go my expectation of outward representation, I try to allow brush, ink, and paper control shape, form, density. I am most interested in the interaction between these three and the relationship between external manifestation and internal movement. While seeking the essence of the subject, I practice the brushstroke innumerable times until the brush moves me and the three elements come alive. The rhythm of the brush, the quality of the ink -- a sensual meditation. And after continued observation and the quieting of the chattering mind that says what should be, I see something different, something new. Although the upwelling of emotion and intention initially begins with exterior examination, the piece is always driven by the Ch'i which stirs within. Hard and soft, dark and light, quick and slow -- a moment on the page.