As an artist and a writer I am struck by the similarities between the two genres. Both begin with a concept or story that the creator is trying to convey. Both need an overall design, complimentary or contrasting colors (or ideas) and recurring motifs. Both mediums delve into the physical, spiritual and emotional life around us. Both require dialogue with the outside world. During this journey, I have had the help of many mentors with different philosophies and techniques who have helped me find my own voice. The process has led to a keener perception of the natural world, deeper human connections and the development of my vision and style.