While many painters look to other painters for inspiration, I have always felt a deeper connection to the written word. Somehow, the translation of words on a page into images in my mind offers fresher, truer new ideas than looking at the work of other artists. Perhaps because I resist the temptation to imitate. I know that the images evoked by stories are unique to my perception of the world. Also, stories move. The narration is constantly unfolding, never stagnate. And because my work in so rooted in movement, I connect to that type of interaction with a scene. Whatever the multifaceted reasons are, it works for me. And nothing works better than reading Eudora Welty. I’ve just finished “One Writer’s Beginning” and heartily recommend this lovely memoir to anyone interested in the creative process, whatever your media- painting, writing, music, all of it. Or to anyone who loves “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Welty invites us to relive the beauty of seeing the world through a child’s eyes, just as Harper Lee does in her classic novel. Enjoy! It is a rare treat.