“That was five years ago. It took a health issue for me to focus on what is important, which is God and my family. If you never have the experience of losing or of pain, you don’t appreciate happiness and opportunities when they come. Now, before I say yes to a new project, I try to ask myself how it will affect my husband, my children, and myself. Maintaining a good balance is hard because there are so many things I’m interested in, but so far it’s working.
"It's important to me to see the beauty and the positive side to everything that has happened. For example, even though many of my paintings are political and deal with hard themes, I don’t use blood or negative images. I can make statements that are just as strong with beautiful images and with color."