Over the years I’ve come to realize that figurative work, at least for me, leads to a positive feedback loop that can limit my growth. If a piece doesn’t feel or look correct, this scares me, and I begin to obsess over details and demand more control. Quite often this creates more “up tight” work and I retreat to familiar conservative territory in an effort to ward off the feeling of impending failure I see in the piece. This is why I’m continually pursuing what I simply call “experimental painting”.