I begin with a ritual of soaking and stretching my watercolor paper. Some artists skip this step. For me the rhythmic process of stretching and stapling the paper to a board clears my mind, leaving it like the blank paper, full of potential, ready for the first splash of water and pigment that sets everything in motion. I build form and value with layers of color. Sometimes I scrub pigment from the paper to sculpt forms and create more contrast. I love the texture that scrubbing and lifting paint creates. I spend hours on each painting savoring every nuance of the creative process.