Painting is an intellectual pursuit for me. I am a painter interested in color, composition and surface tension. The subject is random. I consider myself a modernist. I was a student of the painter Bruno Andrade. His influence surpassed his bigger than life personae. The development of the painted surface was his lasting impact. As an artist, he said that laboring over layers of paint was critical. The craft was a premium. Knowledge of art and its history, influences, poetry, theatre, music, science, math, literature, and philosophical schools of thought were as important to the process as making art as the work itself.