In my paintings, I almost exclusively present abstraction rather than literal depiction as I find great pleasure in trying to project essence rather than photographic representation. In painting I experience a satisfying intuitive freedom of expression combined with the discipline of East Asian brushstrokes. The overarching quality that I strive for in my painting is communicating a sense of movement, or energy, known in East Asia as Qi. I consider this the mostchallenging aspect of the work. I have displayed in many galleries and sold many pieces of my art. Also have been fortunate in winning a number of prizes in juried exhibitions, including “Best of Show” in the 2007 National Sumi-eannual exhibition. These recognitions have contributed enormous support and confidence-building in my ongoing strivings as an artist.