A steadfast optimism underpins each of my paintings. Embracing the element of chance, they begin spontaneously, with watery stains, drips, or brush marks. In subsequent layers, improvisation gives way to strategic decision making. The works revel in the inherent dualities of paint, as both object and artifice, and canvas, as both a surface and a window. Painting has the potential to create spaces that are agreeable to our eyes and minds despite their conflicting logic. The negative space of the raw linen or canvas can become a positive element within the composition. Brushmarks that might represent the earliest beginnings initially appear as though they were the finishing touches. By piecing together visual clues, traces and textures left behind in the paint, the viewer is able to reconstruct the history of its creation, like a magic trick that still deceives despite showing off the source of its illusion.