It’s a mystery to me why I am so drawn to painting cactus. I’ve always thought they were, for the most part, pretty ugly...and thorny. Somewhere along the way, I started thinking they were really beautiful. I think it’s amazing how a plant that is so dreadful can transform into such a beautiful thing at times. I love that about it. I think it’s that way in life, too. Sometimes the ugliest and thorniest circumstances, in time, give way to incredible beauty. I think of that when I paint cactus. It’s a good reminder and one reason I love painting them.