Why do I paint? The simplest answer is that I have to. In 2006, I attended a workshop with John Banovich. He asked us if anyone had ever stopped doing their art. A number of us raised our hands. When he then asked what happened, it was amazing to me that we all had ended up on antidepressant medication and/or therapy. This demonstrated that a true artist is not dependent on style, media, popularity, sales, etc. but rather that it is part of who the person is. That moment was enlightening to me and opened up a new perspective on being an artist.