For 40 years I have worked in oils on canvas.  I have always used a great deal of pattern in my paintings, pulling together my compositions with rich colors and shapes from within the patterns.  It seemed a very natural transition for me to introduce the actual fabrics right onto my canvases alongside the paint.  Now I collect fabrics from all over the world, cut them up and interweave them into my paintings.  Because the glues that I use are water based, my painting is now done primarily in acrylics.