A work of art (painting in my case) may be constructed in such a way that the materials become part of a narrative. Layers of color, image and texture may serve as a metaphor for experience. As new lives begin we all start as a blank slate, a clean canvas, upon which sensory experience is impressed. As we gain experience, we develop perspective and our actions are informed by the accumulation of memories. A painting is comprised of individual applications of material. As this substance accumulates on the surface the complexity of the artwork develops, directed by the hand of the artist. This direction may be precise application of pigments with a paintbrush or introduced in a more organic fashion, allowing movement and gravity to affect the marks. As layers are worked, and paint dissolved, the layers beneath bleed through and share the space.