I paint to liberate myself from the tyranny of time and “common sense” knowledge. By looking closely at the things around me, no matter how humble, I am continually surprised by what I find there, by what new ideas can spring up from even the most well-trodden ground. Painting gives me an excuse to do this kind of looking; it allows me to be more aware, to live more sensitively, to not take things for granted. I experience the world more deeply, and prolong moments of curiosity and joy with a paintbrush in my hand. By sharing the images that result from this experience, I hope I can give some sense of my journey to others.