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.