“I love people watching and finding clues to a person’s identity. When painting the human form, uncovering the hidden self is what it’s all about. My gestural paint strokes are emotionally expressive, exposing only what the subject is willing to reveal.”
Growing up an identical twin, I value uniqueness and autonomy. Unrepeated honors human diversity and expresses the tension and duality between what is universal and what is unique. We may all share a common form, but we differ in race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, skills, and many other attributes. Collectives have flourished because of the innovative alchemy that occurs when diverse people and ideas merge to collaborate and create. However, in many diverse cultures the history of intolerance is long and callous. To heal intolerance, it is critical to develop prosocial skills like empathy and forgiveness, to cultivate relationships across differences, and to value individuality. Diverse communities thrive when they appreciate and protect what is universal and unique.