My use of pastels and dry pigments, allows me to literally have a hands on approach to their application. Through blending and layering it becomes an intuitive event. I use anything that is available to create a texture, reflect light, distress the surface. Since I tend to identify more with the process of making art than just relating to the result, the materials become very important. Burnishing, scratching onto and into the surface captures the moment of engagement. I am trying to convey a sense of emotional atmosphere.