There is an echo within ourselves “However strange and unexpected the prospect before our eyes, it never seems to take us wholly by surprise; there is an echo within ourselves answering each new impression.” Delacroix The idea of a common human experience between art and music has fascinated me since I began to paint. I think that art and music are two sides of the same coin, each touches us at that moment in our consciousness before words form. That is the moment we recognize ourselves, not only as a painter or musician, but also as the observer and listener. It is that “grey area” where music and art touch each other that I am exploring in this series of paintings and concerts. The paintings for KAIKU were painted in a vigorous and gestural manner in oil paint, and are often abstract and focused on light and energy . They somehow reveal an emotional state or atmosphere. But natural forms also intrude into the abstract paintings. I leave them there, since they too are part of who I am. The paintings were shown to the musicians in the KAIKU project, and each musician chose one painting which resonates within them in an emotional way. After they chose their painting, the musician chose a piece of music which will echo the emotions the painting brings to them. These pieces were arranged into three concerts which were performed in Galleria Pictor by the musicians themselves, making the process for the musicians, the artist, and the audience a very personal experience.