Digital sketches for big paintings. This painting (2 color ways shown) delves into the idea of relationships. How do things relate to other things? Ideas, words, objects in space, earthly and heavenly bodies; all layers of being making contact not only in 3 dimensional space, but in an invisible dimension(s) which permeates all existence. Is there really any space between us? I find the process of working with layers on a 2 dimensional surface a perfect metaphor for relationships. We are smacked right up against each other… Our thoughts, words, and actions affect us and others directly. How do we consider all that is around us? How does nature consider the objects in its space vs. how man does? My observation of nature is that every aspect is given its own space in the correct proportion and right relationship to all it relates to. I try to be in a space of extra consideration when making a painting. I feel the presence of a discerning parental guidance which finds deep fulfillment in exercising restraint, while simultaneously, coming from a joyful place of spontaneous child-like play. Through the mixing of these two energies the balance emerges.