I am inspired by the everyday art, artists, languages, thoughts, colors, comments, jokes, news headlines, memories, music, motivations and silences. Having studied art, and now teaching it, I have had the experiences needed in order to develop my philosophies about the creation of art as a viewer, a collector, a student, an advocate and a practitioner. I believe in art for art's sake. I believe in the power of creativity. I believe that you must first know the rules before you can break them. I believe that artists that become complacent are at risk of failing themselves as much as the viewers. I believe in the universality of mark-making. I believe that art is universal and can speak to anyone with open eyes and ears. I believe that art has the power to bring you to your knees.