As a contemporary painter focused on environmental impact, endangered species and social equality issues, I am interested in the social impact of art. Art inspires, and cultivates innovation and science. And, circuitously, science and innovation inspire art. As we build our future it is essential that we design from a foundation where compassion, science, innovation and art intersect. Why art? Our attraction to beauty is part of our humanity. It connects us. Beauty can restore dignity and hope. Art has the power to unite. When wielded well, art reaches inside, beyond words or explanations or cerebral data points. Inside, felt by the gut or the heart,beauty reaches beyond race or gender or socioeconomics or orientation or religion or politics. From a visceral, emotional place, art inspires people to care. Only when people care, when they feel emotionally connected, are they compelled to question, to learn, to grow, to change, to take action.