My painting embodies the problem of being human, of being an animal body in the present with a mind capable of imagining a future free from the limitations of need and fear. The potential distance, violence, and harmony between body and mind, and between the bodies and minds of others, lay at the heart of my work. How do we dissolve the boundaries – physical and ideal – within and between us? What is the freedom worth having and what does that freedom consist in? Each act of making begins with these questions and each work of art is an attempt at answering. As I work, as my thoughts organize the paint and the paint reorganizes my thoughts, I come closer to knowing my own freedom. And when I as a viewer attempt to understand another’s work of art in its own terms, to understand the physical manifestation of another person’s ideal world, I – if only for a moment – dissolve the physical boundaries between us. By way of individual revelation, painting is essentially social in its function: anyone who strives to express themselves sincerely and understand sympathetically collapses the distance between artist and viewer, listener and speaker, body and mind, body and other body.