From "Path Breakers"
"WalkingStick stressed the surfaces of her paintings, making them denser and denser. She also began to excavate the surfaces of her paintings – she gouged, carved, cut, and scratched onto the picture plane, creating her formal archetypes of lines and arcs while revealing the underlying layers of color. The use of layering de-emphasizes the color and places it on the central idea, the content of the work. Her use of multiple canvases expands and reinforces the emotional impact of her paintings." [Pg. 21]