1. Because painting has always been a part of me
  2. And will continue to be a constant source of good feelings in my life
  3. I've been told by some that I'm good at it
  4. And often, I choose to set aside my skepticism and believe them. It offers me the chance to practice believing in my own abilities
  5. I can leave my thoughts behind when I paint and lose myself in something visual
  6. When I paint, I take part in beauty that is already there---a scene, a figure, even the material color and texture of the paint
  7. I have no desire to ever rely on my art for income, but I will continue to paint when I don't want to because most of the time, it helps me feel alive, and that is important 🤗