I paint to record the experiences (often humorous), people, animals and events that give meaning to my life. With the paint, I try to get at feelings and emotions that are just below the surface of a person or to capture the essence of an animal or a passionate idea. I sometimes use humor in my paintings. I’ve heard it said, “Humor is truth, only faster. I feel that humor in my art helps me to make controversial statements that would be difficult for me to make in any other way. I paint with watercolor and acrylic on canvas. I also often add a little collage. I like lots of color. I’m influenced by the Northwestern and Southwestern United States and the Pacific Coast of Mexico.