My pictures begin as a list. It is the species of "Gone" which suggest their arrangement. To find this arrangement, I first draw the organisms at life size. Once the most conspicuous elements are defined, a basic grouping for them becomes apparent: 3 main large mammals might suggest a triangular composition or many small but colorful birds might be best balanced using a "figure 8" or "S" type composition. Once this organizing principle is determined, a device to accomplish it must be devised: a branch, a vase, or perhaps steps. Many preparatory drawings help to arrange all of the species included, expanding on the basic composition, so that the viewer's eye is continually drawn from one part of the image to another. The final drawing is transferred directly to a prepared background using transfer paper.

The animation at left takes you from this point to near completion of the painting "Gone"