The base started in Payne’s Gray looks like an eye. During an art class at UCLA Extension a few years ago, I had an eye in my painting and the teacher said it’s typical of a beginner artist to put an eye in her work, as if she was trying to see herself. A woman in class needed a translator to type out on computer what was said because she was deaf and mute. I didn’t finish the class because the teacher would leave for forty-five minutes at a time.

My painting looks like an ameba (amoeba in general use) with tendrils reaching out and gathering energy from somewhere. It represents my open tendrils gathering information.