Speech at inaugural exhibit of the Human Rights Painting Project AFL-CIO Headquarters, Washington D.C., April 9, 2002

"...As I've painted these figures over the past few years, living with some of the individuals for months, I have at times been overwhelmed by sadness - distressed at our ability to mistreat persons due to their principles. But even more than this sorrow, I have grown increasingly impressed not only by these people's fortitude, but also by their importance - for all of us...."

Speech to the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition's 4th Annual Conference Washington D.C., January 26, 2002

"...It is not an exaggeration to say that at times I have felt physically ill when I read the stories of 12 year-old boys being beaten or of beautiful young women having their lives stripped from them for no greater offense than desiring to learn to read and write. I have tried to channel these intense feelings into the paintings themselves, making them testaments to the memories of these unknown heroes...."

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