I was inspired to paint this picture because of a series of vague paintings. The paint itself formed unrecognizable shapes, but the ink outlines framed the impressions in clarity… This is what I mean by hazy reality. My “portrait” is undoubtably more realistic, but the idea, I think, is there. I see the pen as perception, which, for most of us, is reality. One could argue that the indistinguishable shapes are the reality.