You lived in Japan as a child, how does that experience influence your art, if it does?
I am a big proponent for every American to spend some time in a foreign country before they are too old to gain an appreciation for other cultures and what they go through as a society, helping them realize what we have here in the United States despite all our current issues and problems. I was very young while we lived in Okinawa, but I did get to travel to many places and gain a sense of Asian culture which is more cyclical in thought than Western ideologies. The use of color in advertisements, packaging, banners, festival costumes, floats, dragons, and so on, really helped shape my use of bright, intense color which is a quality to my art making that is prevalent in many series in a variety of media. You are never exactly sure why anyone makes a particular comment about your work, but I get many compliments on my specialized use of color, especially in my installation works and I attribute it in some part to my time in Japan and early travels in Asia.