I imagine that most people would have to consider me an expatriate. I left America for reasons having nothing to do with politics, religion, economic repression. Oddly enough, I left to take my children away from the invasion of television and to keep them closer to our family identity. The peer pressures, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol consumption of the young worried me. I was a teacher and didn't want it for my children.
Also, as an artist, I felt that the development of art in America was unrelated to the directions I wanted to go. I wanted the psychic elbow room to develop in my own personal way.
Many people confuse the words expatriate and ex-patriot . I am a patriot. I love America. My wife and children love America. We are proud of our heritage. I am expatriate in that there are movements, ways of life evolving in my native land, in which I do not wish to participate. I am not a politician. I am a painter and writer. I try to paint and write my feelings about what life should be. I try to communicate these feelings to my countrymen. It is my small way to thank our country for all it has given me.