"When I'm using colors, it's joy. Joy for living. It's a gratitude for what I have as an artist and what I can express in that way. For me, it's fun to do pieces that allow people to be pulled in, because someone is actually participating in the viewing. The artist does the work, but they still need the viewer to communicate. When the viewer gets that kind of connection to the work, that is the place where the artist can feel they've been successful"