My imagery comes from reading the New York Times. The stories, often accompanied by powerful images, reinforce my need to pay attention and not turn the page. By using images that speak to me, my hope is that I can transform and allow them to become symbols of injustice, racism and human suffering. As I paint, I think about the person in the photograph and what their web of suffering must be like— who is experiencing pain, how many and why them? In my studio, at my desk, with my paints, I paint a prayer for hope and safety for all innocent victims.