I've always been moved by color and texture. With the elements I use in my painting - oils, wax and sand - I build up layers and layers of 'history' which I scratch through and then build up again until the image reveals itself. To me, my paintings feel ancient, as though they contain all of history. They allow peeks at the past through erosion of the present - each layer partially visible through the next. The textured surface is as important in appreciating the painting as color or shape.