As an artist, it is my calling to act as an intermediary. I see & appreciate beauty, create a piece of art from the encounter and pass it along to its rightful owner. Before starting any painting, I take time to explore what drew me to this particular subject. Many times it is the peace and contentment that I feel while looking at the subject or the color and patterns in it. As I start painting, I liken the process to a runner’s path, where there have been uphill struggles, easy downhill portions and a sense of satisfaction when the task is completed. I strive to enjoy and embrace both the ease and struggles and hold close these words “Always maintain only a joyful mind.” To me, this means, learn from each situation (creation), whether it is positive or negative, and use these experiences to wake up and see the world around you with a happy, open mind and create art that portrays this. I feel like the true success of a painting comes when others look at it and experience happiness and joy, like I did when creating it. I will be having a reception at the gallery Friday, June 14 (same day as ANO) from 4:30-8:30.