In starting a painting, often I begin with a story to tell, but sometimes the story emerges from the artwork. Sometimes, the story is elusive. My process involves working with layers, transparencies and double exposures, by utilizing collage, photo transfers, paint, found objects, and monoprinting in my artwork. As I build up layers, earlier surfaces sometimes disappear, like memories, layered beneath fresh elements. At times, I peel away top layers to reveal what is underneath. Visual elements often found in my artwork include: leaves, trees, portraits of people, quilts and fabrics and threads. To me these represent families and their history, and the links the past has to the present.