I started out with a deep need to tell the bad things that happened to me in childhood. As I told those stories I thought I might die, but I didn’t. I got stronger and learned how to take care of myself; more importantly, I wanted to take care of myself. Drawing and painting abstract images of my brain / psychological / emotional states is a healthy coping mechanism I have used for years. I also collaborate with people to tell stories, using film, about how we live, our coping mechanisms, and our hopes and dreams. I yearn for wellness in this time of mass consumerism and disconnection. I believe it’s possible to create the kind of conversations where we become gently aware of how we can live in integrity and in intimacy with one another.