The process leading up to the Maui Time Weekly independent newspaper article featuring my political body painting piece, ‘You Cannot Censor the Heart,’ was a soul searching and exciting process. Spurred on by the U.S. election, I created a bodypaint piece that spoke to people on a deep emotional level. For me body painting has taken on an important sense of activist expression-unseen in my prior works until this year.
It was a challenge to push my artistic abilities beyond what I had previously done before. However, I felt that the passion and urgency I was embodying, helped me to create a deeply moving piece that actually helped my talent to soar.
When one’s heart is in the piece one is creating… the muse comes through to help it along. Especially, when art makes commentary on such universal truths as this piece does. Im honored to count this work as one of my best, and I truly hope it continues to inspire people for many years to come.