Tory Cowles is interested in the energy created by mixing interesting and unexpected colors and shapes. The important conflicts she works with are spontaneity and discipline, boldness and subtlety. Cowles likes to be spontaneous and then edit with a critical eye, often repeating that cycle many times. According to Cowles, "Transitions between shapes and colors are like spaces between stones in a wall. These negative shapes, lines or lack of them suggest how the shapes interrelate. They influence how your eye travels around the canvas defining the nature of the energy and movement in a composition."