If you're a creative you'll be familiar with the fear and excitement of staring at a blank canvas. The possibilities seem endless, but where do you start? I have no plan when I start a new work, I just know that the need to create is strong and urgent. I begin a piece with what looks like incoherent mark making, to energise the canvas and begin a dialogue with the surface. This immediately creates the opportunity to start to making decisions, consider preferences and 'preservations' and steer the work in my preferred direction. So the journey begins, momentum is established and the work is now compelled to move forward. Initial marks are often completely buried in layers of paint by the time the work is finished, but they are fundamental to the evolution of the piece. The visual resolution is out there somewhere and now I'm along for the ride!