My goal in painting is to enhance consciousness and the pleasure of being alive. Fascinated by color, I am interested in perception. Enthralled by ideas and emotions, I am interested in beauty. I find art to be an expression of culture and consciousness. Paul Cézanne said, “Color is a collaboration of the mind and the world.” My artwork is about color, beauty, and consciousness. It is also about perception, emotion, and culture. In my artwork I create something real about an image that, hopefully, raises one’s awareness. My approach is to present an image as simply what it is; an image. I strive to make my colors come alive in the mind’s eye. I want my art to allow the viewer to question what they see and to think about meaning. I would like a person to be aware of their own role in creating the experience of the artwork. I hope that people are able to see freedom and creativity in my work. A painting or drawing presents an image that was created in time, yet it remains unchanged as it travels through time. What changes is the viewer’s relationship with the image through observation, experience and appreciation. The painting doesn’t move, but, using one’s eyes, the mind moves. Painting, for me, is a way to express feelings, thoughts, imagination, and dreams. I use color and form in contrasting and dynamic ways to unify a composition. I appeal to the universal in art.