In 2007 I was in a very bad accident. For years after I felt numb. The only art I wanted to make was purely surface, just studies in color and paint. I painted on wood panel, focusing on the process of mixing the colors and applying it to the wood. Sometimes I worked layers of wet on wet, other times wet on dry. I made work that was pleasing to my eyes. At the time I thought the work was stripped and simple, now I think of it as being manifestations of my recovery needs. I needed easy color and for the work to be pretty and good feeling because I was in pain and scared.