This feeling and emotion of being an alien or invader since I moved to Canada from another country is the whole story behind this painting. The differences I experience in Canada sadden me, and my separation from the culture and people that I know in my homeland frustrates me. There is an invisible wall called culture between you and I and it feels impossible to break. The same differences, however, help me discover deeper truths. We are not only separated by national culture, but a personal culture of our own understandings and realities. My works reflect my experiences and emotions, helping me find my balance. My works heal my soul and salt my wounds. And although bittersweet, life’s pain is enough to keep me alive.