"I'm not interested in 'abstracting' or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it - drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or idea." by Willem de Kooning
De Kooning was an abstract expressionist painter. I love the quote above by him, because this is the way I paint. The more I put into the painting the more emotions evolve from the paintings. I like the idea of creating space and emotion in my work. Although De Kooning's work is more abstract than what I am working on at the present the idea of abstract the figure more is a direction I will go in eventually. For now I like the idea of drawing a proportionately drawn figure and manipulating it in some way so that it is abstracted while portraying a strong emotional quality to the work. I also like introducing a variety of lines in my work to help with contrast and tension. The top piece is my favorite because the use of subtle colors that blend. In several pieces in order to tone down an area I use a white wash over the area. He looks like he did the same. His process best describes my own process.