In the words of Robin Bagwell:
Intuition plays a major part in the work that I create. Sometimes I paint strictly from imagination, while other times I paint with an image in mind. I have recently become enthralled with trees and take pictures of them on my frequent walks. My goal in these painting is to capture the feeling and energy I receive more so than a replica of the animate object.
I never paint on a blank canvas. I put down an initial layer of color. I build upon many layers of oil paint, but enjoy allowing the initial layer to have a presence and role in the completed painting, to hint at another existence in space and time. I am usually working on several paintings at one time to allow for varied drying time.