I work with soft pastels and jars of pigment. My paper has a rough surface similar to sand paper and can hold many layers of color. Blending can be done on this surface allowing for smooth transitions and infinite color possibilities.
Each pastel begins with a quick out-of-door sketch and later, in the studio, the lines are filled in with color. The color and lines are blended together, destroying the form, and then the edges are slowly brought back. I work until the painting stands on its own, becomes its own entity, and is complete.