Moving steadily away from traditional portraiture I have learned to allow the medium to entirely direct the process of the painting. The image organically emerges from the paint revealing a solid human presence. This kind of image is more accessible and open to subjective and personal interpretation by the viewer than traditional portraiture, and also seems to communicate on a deeper level.
I see absolutely no reason to begin work knowing exactly what is going to happen. I want to be surprised during the creative process and also long after the event. This can only be achieved by working quickly, intuitively and in the moment, avoiding reliable techniques and knowing when to move on to something else.
Paint is a material that can convey much more than just visual information, when understood and used with feeling. Like playing music, it is not just about playing the right notes in the right order. Painting without feeling becomes an exercise in pure technique and ultimately means nothing.