I was born to immigrate. My family came to the United States with dreams in their fists, ‘The Promised Land’. My father gifted his children opportunities that he never had. To become an artist is a privilege that few dare to accept. Being a true artist is not simply the act of making art; it is a journey that challenges every aspect of one’s character in order to be the voice of a current culture. 

Setting myself apart from all that I know is a common theme in my life. Once I feel that I have learned as much as I can from a location, I set off to seek another land–by choice and also by instinct. At times I am completely cut off and isolated from anyone or anything that I have known. A marvelous form of perception manifests, as though through the eyes of a child. A new aspect of who I am starts to grow naturally, flower-like, just as a tree grows.