These are close up shots of a painting I'm working on. They show places where I have removed several layers of paint with a solvent-soaked rag so you can see layers applied earlier. Texture in my work generally comes from building up, and then selectively tearing down--working back and forth between the top layer of paint and those underneath by scraping and disolving those above. Some of the most beautiful and surprising textures I've come up with result from this way of applying paint.
I think of these kinds of complex, built up and eroded textures as meaningful in a symbolic way--in that they express the passing of time, and the building up of life experiences. I hope it isn't too farfetched to see parallels between adding a new layer and living another day--or to feel that wiping out an overworked, dull area is refreshingly like experiencing a new beginning.