While I believe an artist doesn’t need to wait for a “lightning bolt” of inspiration to create impactful work, I do draw creative fuel from the natural world, places I have lived, the work of other artists, and my response to current events. Common to much of the work is a playful interest in abstracted anthropomorphic forms which, teetering between frenetic and calm, stand in for the fragility and resilience of the human condition, especially when under duress. To say that creating art is mainly about self-expression trivializes its vital importance, both to this artist and to the broader community at this moment. It is true that as an individual, I see art as my way of seeking balance and perspective during times of anxiety and disruption. But as a member of the human tribe, I also recognize its power to connect people and remind them of their common humanity. I hope you will find it rewarding to consider my ideas but will feel free to engage with the work on your terms.