All of my commissions evolve through a collaborative process, refined during my days as an art director in Hollywood where I regularly solved creative problems. For current commissions, I always start with in-depth research and then progress to drafts, which are collaborative iterations with designers and other clients. Scale is integral to my paintings, so determining it becomes a meticulous part of the process. I often photoshop a comparable piece into a picture of the prospective space, until the dimensions are known. Then, studying color samples, swatches, finishes -- whatever I can mine from the actual space -- I create a color board in the textures and forms of the final artwork. I am naturally a collaborator and this shared process regularly inspires me. Like the strongest solos in famed musicals, my commissioned works become more than background sounds. They become robust focal points of meaning and beauty for my clients.