While I gladly painted bright and color filled images for most of my life, over the past couple of years my attention has shifted to working with ink and paper – creating detailed, layered cut out images. The unforgiving nature of the paper forces me to slow down my actions and thoughts, creating the perfect escape and opportunity for introspection. Ink pens are used in creating the creatures through solid lines and crosshatching. The main images are then cut out using an x-acto blade and then layered with other pieces of bristol board or black paper, they are then cut out and layered again. This process is repeated until the desired depth and detail are created. Layers within the image are carried into the background and foreground starting from a central sheet of paper. White and black charcoal are added to create more depth. The layers in the image cast shadows that change the personality of the image with the change of the light source.