During my formative years my consciousness was immersed in a culture rich with the passion for life, enacted through the mediums of art, cuisine, theater, music, and dance. Through this immersion, I gained a deep awareness of how the arts provide a space for the creative expression of life’s many twists and turns, the highs and lows especially, but also the middle places of finding a constant rhythm. The colors I use in my art reflect the richness and many facets of my life experiences. I believe that the abstract form allows me to express more fully the sense of my experiences that cannot be captured in words or specific forms. Instead of painting what a sunset looks like, the abstract piece becomes the expression of what it feels like to experience the view of the sunset, the emotions it evokes, the memories, hopes, and wishes that come to mind, along with the what my senses experience. Another painting might be based on memories alone, or the inner movements I feel while listening to a piece of music.