I paint my way back to where and when eunuchs and concubines entertained important men who gave thumbs up or down to the lives of the masses. China and I have changed since our first encounters in 1984. Hard work and sacrifice define these changes and with it comes the confidence that sets trajectories for new dreams and destinations. Connecting the dots of past, present and future into art for today has been my mantra. Like the student upon graduation, the clearing after the typhoon, the country around which I have circulated for over twenty years and I now head boldly into the future with some sense of accomplishment and closure. With this come poise and hopefully a level of grace that will empower us to raise water levels so that all boats drift free of the entanglements of ignorance and discontent. Now, charting new courses, we must all paddle on.
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