Following the intuition that I am seeking some type of understanding — this for me is the basis of being an artist. Introspection tells me that painting is not about making a statement; rather, it is something closer to asking a question.
The feeling that a painting can be the basis for a discovery is what makes it to me worthwhile. I think it is this feeling which motivates me during the process of working and maintains my attention when the work is complete. Then I can ask, where did this image come from? What does it mean?