Painting began as a distraction, which over 30 years evolved into a central part of my life. Color is key for me - it is so expressive and uniquely interpreted by each person. My painting is not about political statement, philosophy or social justice but rather a simple thing - eliciting a smile from the viewer. Creating a sense of joy, peace, curiosity or calm is what I want my paintings to accomplish for me as I paint them. So I guess you would say my paintings are about my emotions.