When I go in to the studio I bring with me what Carl Jung said about art; it is the soul trying to reveal itself. For me, this is true not just of art, but every aspect of life. The soul must be revealing itself in all of our activities, not just our artistic expression. Every thing we say, every action, every movement that can be labeled good or bad even by the ugliest of conventions, is a form of expression. At some level, the soul is trying to reveal itself. Therefore, there is no room left for condemnation and judgment but only awe or compassion. Perhaps seeing humanity as one large painting, the collective expression as the greatest, most revealing art-form, is one to be studied and examined every day. In part, I am doing my job to create this painting, and so are you....and what you are making, in every form, is important and valid and purposeful, even if at first I don't understand what it is your soul is trying to say. Being creative requires patience and deep listening, without the need to change everyone around us, even if what is being heard or seen makes us uncomfortable. Otherwise, this big beautiful painting that is humanity becomes just a selfish expression of one man's small-world, his ego. In this regard, I have found my artistic discipline to be, in part, a guide in my efforts to go beyond that limited conditioning. Living with her two children, Stephanie works from her studio in Atlanta, Georgia.