Whatever the medium or subject matter, a strong emotional connection enables me to complete most of my better work. For that reason, my landscapes tend to communicate how it feels to be in a place, rather than portraying accurate physical representations of the countryside. Likewise, the portraits I attempt are most likely people or animals to whom I am strongly attached. Feelings map the structure of my written work more than plot.
The emotional momentum that carries me through my work may be catalyzed by the darkness of a wet and windy day or the pleasure one of our cats finds in a particularly sunny spot. Through the years, I have learned to wait rather than trying to force an idea that is not quite ready to form. When I am truly ready to begin, the finished product may still lie at the end of a very long road, but the emotional momentum is there and will see me through.