" Typically, I’ll ruin a painting a few times before it’s done. It will look really promising, but then I’ll push further, push it too far, and then have to bring it back; but it never really comes back, it goes somewhere else. Oftentimes, there are several good paintings underneath the veneer of the final piece. In a sense, I’m trying to solve the puzzle of the image at the moment I’m devising it. It’s a messy business, and I’m constantly experimenting with materials and techniques, gouging at the canvas, trying to scrape away and uncover it. It needs to have a certain amount of history visible on the surface for me to be satisfied, and the constant reworking leaves a lot of tracks. "
Dil Hildebrand