I am a self-taught artist and when I started creating a few years ago, a writer friend used one word to describe my work: PALIMPSEST.
[ˈpaləm(p)ˌsest] n. 1. a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain. 2. something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.
I immediately embraced palimpsest as “my” word as well as my process.
I love mixing colors, mixing papers, and mixing media to create abstract paintings that have been "layered up" to capture a mood, a moment, an object, or an idea while still leaving traces of the marks and words from the earliest stages of the process.