It took me years to come out of hiding. Slowly over time I realized the importance of telling my own story. It was, and is, my way to connect with the world. I realized over and over, that my stories of emotion, doubt and joy are pretty much everyone's stories. Indeed, we have differences, but it's inescapable how similar we all are.
So I risk telling my story with my art because I know I will connect with others. Even if I never see it in your eyes in person, I know you're out there.
And that's the gift to me, plain and simple. I'm not alone, and neither are you.