Impact paintings represent healing. The black impact paintings surfaced when I was hurting from various moments in my life that I felt lost, lonely, depressed, and physically dying. I wanted to convey in my work that we are sometimes thrust into chaos – that puts us in emotional and mental darkness and takes our mind to dark places – but that we are also always surrounded by the positive – the white areas – we just don’t see them immediately – – as the ying/yang has defined for centuries – wholeness – unity – balance. I create these works as reminders that we are simultaneously healing while we are hurting – a beautiful chaos is expressed in my work. Each work has areas of texture representing scars and wounds and age and memory and imprints of our healing. An impact in our life is just a moment. It’s when we focus on the white around the darkness – when friends and family surround us – when we receive medical and mental help – when our dogs or pets kiss us – when we see a bird watching over us – and other positive impacts – that is the strength we sometimes don’t immediately see.