In my recent paintings I am attempting to set up different painterly elements that play off of each other, creating rhythms, tensions and release. I often paint using stencils that leave highly defined emblematic forms that often appear as some sort of symbols or fragments of letterforms. This process of cutting and pasting into the picture can introduce new unexpected elements, which sometimes are desired sometimes not. I try not to overwork my paintings and to leave them in a state where they don’t need me messing with them anymore.