About the art: beginning (as I am in 2023) with an old painting which has been gesso'd over. In this case, the painting was also cut in half. Jumping off from a hike-inspired photo and beginning to build the layers with thin washes of oil added with a rubber wedge and draaaaaagggged hither and yon. Adding layers of thicker paint and paint mixed with cold wax with a palette knife. Dragging the paint into vertical cliffs with a rubber wedge. Carving back into the layers of paint with oil pencils and a scribbly hand. Walking away as a new Lola.