I approach the collage as a painting not a mere assembly of pictures. As I collect materials, they seem to connect individually or in groups. I begin to see the materials interact as I arrange colors and shapes, and discovering the form and the space created between them. Each added element will build on the previous one by changing, adding, or even result in eliminating the other components which many times were the original motivating pieces. You must allow the work to evolve and transform until the work seems to emerge from the forms, edges, textures, shapes, space and even unrelated content. A successful collage requires a high degree of discrimination if collage is not to degenerate into mere decoration, cliches, or a gaudy assembly of meaningless material. What you remove is asimportant as what you put into the composition. I use hand cut pieces, color paper, along with transferred or print images, transfer rubbings, airbrush, gouache, pastel, gold leaf, and acrylic paint.