Lately I’ve been considering the role of my memory in my painting practice. We usually think of memory as a recalling of detailed description based in an event we have observed. Sometimes all we remember is our emotional response. Other times remembering is such an intense emotional experience and we try to block it out. It seems to me that we need a little detachment and to feel at the same time in order to access the range of experiences contained in a memory. With a little curiosity surprising aspects of ourselves turn up. Self observation skills require attention and development. I’ve challenged myself to observe something that has caught my attention while painting, as well as my response to it, remember the experience and give voice to it.