Why do you paint?

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It is an easy yet very complex question to answer. I paint because it’s who I am. I am an artist. Creating art is an essential part of who I am. I find such great satisfaction when I am working a canvas. It’s often a unique combination of being meditative and at the same time an emotional release. There is one painting that I won’t ever sell: Textured Abstraction III. I created that piece after a tumultuous phone call with my dear father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s and neurosis. That piece is a reminder to me of the beauty I can create if I let go of all of the emotion and release it into my art. Why do I paint? I paint because I am an artist. It’s a part of me, right down to my soul.