If I there is one comment that I have had reflected back to me during my life time over & over it would be that I am ‘intense’. When I was much younger, this hurt my feelings. It left me thinking that I needed to be something different to be ‘socially acceptable’. As I have grown older, & begun to understand myself better, I understand that it is my intensity that enables me to see the fine detail in things, to see nuances in colour, to articulate my feelings & make accurate observations of things. It is also the thing that enables me to look past when something currently is, to what it could be. I have grown to understand it as the ‘shadow’ side (& sometimes taxing side) of the creative me. Intensity exilerates an artist. It is the passion that births the drive to create & is at the conception of all creations, regardless of their eventual outcome – good or average.