Paul Tillich once wrote about the danger of modern man losing his humanity and becoming a thing amongst the things he produces. Creating art using non-traditional materials--burlap, string,house paint,joint compound,sand, collaged photographs, gravel, clothes pins, and the like--gives me a sense of resisting such fate. Tillich's philosophic statement may explain why I have trouble re-creating what I consider a successful painting. When I try to do the same image a second time, it almost never works. The spontaneity that created the original piece has disappeared. Working with alternative materials also allows me to mentally connect with inspirational artists of the past, ones who resisted traditional methodology such as Alberto Burri and Jackson Pollack. One created with burlap, the other with house paint.