Much of my work in oils focuses on the paint and what it does apart from the manipulation of it. I am especially delighted to find the medium's own secret expressions in the studio: on the bottom edge of a painted canvas, on an easel ledge, or on the wood floor.
Many years ago, I came to prefer accidental portions of completed canvases over the whole and final compositions that I had intended. Eventually, I cut the unexpected parts out of the paintings to re-conceive new depictions, with a nod to Wallace Stevens: "In the sum of the parts, there are only the parts."
One fragment of six pink vertical brushstrokes felt especially remarkable to me in whatever its quality was that seemed not to be made by me. This small and unintended portion of a larger painting made more than ten years ago, continues to inspire my practice today.