I have a lot of faith in art because it’s one of the last ways we can explore and touch the experience of being human without any prejudice. It’s a way of having permission to feel and think and be aware of anything whatsoever in our minds, being completely open and sensitive to the experience of being in this world. It takes a lot of courage to do that. Sometimes that means becoming fascinated by something, a shape, a feeling, a memory, or a confusing thing I heard someone say. Every painting is a way of gathering and releasing all of what I’ve felt and experienced. My mind processes it all and then at some point turns it into the language of painting and gives it back.. like a channel or a conduit filtered in the language of painting, the poetry of oil paint.