For the longest time I had trouble naming my paintings. It was a tedious chore. It always felt a bit pretentious and like the names were meaningless labels plucked out of the air. Then one day I was randomly jotting down some short poems that were bouncing around in my head and it occurred to me that I should merge my creative writing with my painting and give every painting a poem instead of a name. That decision changed everything. Mostly it forces me to slow down and consider the work beyond the composition and color. It exercises my creativity by giving me a reason to write. The painting inspires the poem, but sometimes the opposite happens. I write a poem and it inspires a painting. The painting and the poem are now two halves of a whole in my creative process, and I no longer have to name my paintings, because the name is pulled from the lines of the poem. I enjoy the process much more now. Below are the poems that go with each painting shown.