“‘I have hopes for what the mineral spirits will do, but ultimately, it does whatever it wants. The nice thing about this point in life as an artist is that I have spent so much time working on my technical foundation, I don’t fear risk anymore… Embracing the unknown has become almost second nature for me. There are times when I get lost in value, form, and color or I paint too thick for the effect I want. Those moments fall into acts of nature. It’s easy to want to control everything, but the technique I developed unintentionally makes that impossible. By letting go of the outcome, I get results that are unplanned and often exceed my expectations. Sometimes letting fate win is a win for me too.’”