I occasionally try to rationalize how and why I paint, but Art is by it's nature illusive, and resists being defined.
As an artist I am encouraged to create a "Body of Work", pieces that have commonalities and direction. I challenge the idea that one type of an artist's work does not somehow relate to the work they have done in the past, are doing now, or will do in the future. The commonality is the history of the painter, the direction is often not linear, but still related.
I became aware of how individual and distinctive each persons artwork was when I was around 10 years old. Since then I have been mindful of my artistic expressions.
My current art work is evocative of my life journey, a leaving behind of personal marks. It is a layering of strokes and colors, done with condensed intention.
Like words to a writer, it is my way of communicating and expressing myself, an abbreviated history of where I have come from.