Painting is human beings' direct access to magic. The artist is granted the privilege of releasing his inner being with each stroke, while the viewer is granted access to a separate reality each time he looks upon the painter's work. Georgia O'Keefe called this "making your unknown known". I call it "embracing the unexpected". The purpose of art is to cause thought; as I approach a canvas I am ever mindful of the rare freedom and responsibility to share my unknown.