My early training in abstraction was in music, which, except for texted and programmatic pieces, is non-narrative. I studied piano quite seriously from childhood and went on to earn keyboard and music history degrees at university. When I returned to UC Berkeley to study painting, I was drawn first to non-narrative work and then found my 'subject' tied to the sensation of being in nature. The inherent openness of natural forms attracted me; such forms and their ongoing mutations continue to exhilarate me. My recent work has been on wood panel, which allows an excavation process through layers of paint that one might equate with historical strata.