I think a painting starts with something I see. Sometimes you see a visual that just really turns you on and seems exceptional. And that’s a good candidate for a painting. Painting, historically, has striven for depth. It’s frustrating to work in two dimensions. Two dimensions are flat and the world isn’t. Dimensionality is one of the things I work with. I use various materials to apply them to the surface to bring parts of the surface into your personal space so that there’s this give and take in the space. That’s where I’m working right there. So I use a lot of natural materials that I get in the woods, or just out in the yard. It’s a matter of trying to get, really, almost literally into nature in any given painting. It offended me deeply what we do to nature. How we just go in and just mess it up without beginning to understand it. And we have got to face up to it, we’ve got to get it in our face. That’s what artists are supposed to do. Visual artists are supposed to get it in your face. So I felt like if my painting can somehow help people to get it and to care about it, then that makes the effort worthwhile. That gives the painting some reason to be besides just making me happy doing it. I’m Lowell Hayes. And this is my art. You go find yours.