I have always felt more kinship with illustrators than artists. When I paint I am not trying to say anything, if I have something to say I will use words. Painting uses a different language, one that by definition doesn't translate into any known spoken or written language. I don't have a message. I don't "challenge our preconceptions", "explore the concept of individual identity"or even "speak to the human condition". When I paint something it is because the subject has had some kind of emotional impact on me that I can't put into words. I guess I hope that the viewer will experience something similar.