While collectors end up with most of my art,
(and I know their life is enriched by it),
I get to experience the painting process itself.
That's an intimacy all mine.
I'm there at conception - in a sketchbook, planting seeds,
Alone, preparing the paints, brushes and painting surface,
then drawing the preliminary lines.
With music on, I paint, like exploring a new land.
I'll see that art and remember the first sparks, (and where I was at the time).
I know which parts were a whispered gift to me
and which I earned myself with hard wrestling.
I know wonderful areas that were later covered over,
and I know where the bodies are buried.
That adventure and creative energy is still there,
you can feel it.