I believe that artists cannot exist without influences, it is however how they use them to form an individual approach that separates one from the other.
Many strive to paint what they see. Their hand and eyes becoming a camera. I like to see how far I can go from what I see or recall and break down the elements into pattern and design while still keeping the feel of what drew me to the subject to begin with.
How pattern, forms, color and texture relate to one another has always fascinated me. As a story evolves on the canvas, there is usually a strong sense of drama and spirituality incorporated into the composition.
Painting for me is like a dance, sometimes I lead sometimes I follow. I would describe myself as an intuitive painter. My point of reference is often my inner soul.