Recently we had the pleasure of listening to a lecture from the director of the NYSRP Dominique. I have to say that his talk was nothing short of inspiring. From language games, to empathy, avoiding cynicism, and finding a practice that truly allows one to make constantly, I can hardly begin to touch upon everything that was said. It was as if he had condensed everything I’ve learned, found out, and happened upon in the past four years here at Ringling, and abroad, into an articulate 45 minute epilogue for the whole experience. The point I’m trying to make is that I feel that it was well timed and could not have been more comforting to hear. He is, without a doubt, one of the most compassionate people I’ve met thus far and not without an amazing eye and ability to understand the artist’s role. My studio visit with him was just as productive and at an opportune moment because I’m in the beginning stages of a new body of work with new processes in addition to the old, and he gave me quite a bit of insight to hold on to while these paintings (etc) are carried out.