Raw emotion is truth to me. That is what goes into my paintings. If something upsets me, I paint about it. I have to feel something to grab onto that I care about. It can be political, social, environmental or a personal experience. But it has to matter or I have nothing to say. I have taken long brakes from painting to clear my head. I simply wait and pursue other forms of art making like clay, assemblage, printing, drawing or just do nothing at all. But in the end I always return to painting. I realize that it has taught me patience. Waiting is part of my process.