The figurative work would begin with loose gestural marks in black paint on the white canvas. The marks would suggest figures, interactions, objects. The images were derived from my response to the marks, as subconscious associations. When two figures are involved, one figure usually represents my subconscious, or my intuitive side, and the other is me. "One Summer Day," "The Letter," "Night Games," and "She Holds the Secrets," were painted during my experience with breast cancer-- getting the news, and the disruption to my inner life that occurred.