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I make art for myself first and foremost. I try to never lose sight of that. Though I have struggled with landing in a gallery for not sticking to a cohesive body of work (as it is often advised), I'm more drawn to what interests me creatively in the moment. When I come to something new aesthetically I work obsessively till I exhaust it. After that I'm restless or already experimenting with the new chapter. Art-making is a journey and a search for me and in the process I've learned a lot about life and myself. So the payoff of not being represented is freedom to explore. Lately I've been on this quest to find out what art is for. Not from what I've read in books or what scholars and critics school us on, but to realize it with my own work.The non-dominant hand portraits started as an exercise, then a painting challenge that I couldn't complete in time; but they are works I have not stopped making in the last three years. I've been asked is this a new direction or if I am walking away from what I've done and the truth is, I don't think so. It's all me. After sharing each #NonDominantHandPortrait online I've noticed how they are appealing to very young people. This led me to the conclusion that if I paint a portrait that can make them look up who people like Dan Quinn, Anabel Hernández and Cian Westmoreland, I have answered my own question. Is it art in the eye's of the art powers that be? Will they ever enter a gallery, fair or biennial? Who cares. That comes after the initial gesture in the work. I know I make good art and it's rewarding to to know that the art that I make has the power to bring awareness and expand consciousness.