In 2001 I had an opportunity to visit Thailand as a visiting artist. I lived for six weeks with a group of very traditional artists and several Buddhist monks. My work at the time was influenced by conceptual art and technology and this baffled their more traditional tastes. This experience opened my eyes to the years they labor to achieve mastery of their techniques. I felt humbled that despite many years of training it was mainly to think as a western artist exploring the boundaries of art. Upon my return I studied with Keiji Shinohara, a master of moku hanga woodblock printing. My work remains concerned with an intermedia approach to art although I now spend many hours with brush, ink or carving tools integrating traditional techniques.