“When I feel similar characteristics between me and other people, I feel obliged to learn more about them. In part, this can help satisfy a desire for self-assertion, and the work that I create often reflects this desire. I can confirm some of my life experiences, while simultaneously representing the world from the point of view of other people, communicating, photographing and drawing other black men. Assumptions made prior to interacting with people I collaborate with often break down when we start talking. These unexpected meetings of diversity are welcome reminders of the breadth of the Black Diaspora.Creative process allows me to enjoy expressions of individual and collective Blackness, one person at a time. The works that I create are a byproduct of this love and curiosity. ”- William Paul Thomas, artist.