My paintings start out as completely random sketches. I actually close my eyes and scribble on a sheet of paper for about 30 seconds then start connecting lines, shading, etc. Sometimes images begin to appear and those are the sketches I decide to paint. So I rarely start out with an idea in mind. I feel that in some way this process brings out images that are buried somewhere in the recesses of my mind and I personally find it exciting to see what those images are.
I create abstract/surreal oil paintings using techniques that draw largely on the wet on wet technique made popular by Bob Ross. This influence can be seen especially in the backgrounds. The abstract concepts are placed and created in a more realistic environment. The focal object(s) are created with textures such as rocky surfaces or smooth organic shapes with an attention to lighting and shading that can sometimes be absent from abstract paintings. I also tend to work in definitive color schemes such as reds, blues, browns, etc.