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.