"One day in 1977 I was walking in the woods. It became dark and stormy. There was wind and pouring rain. For shelter I jumped into the burnt out belly of a huge tree. Inside I was surprised to meet a tiny old man. He told me he was once the greatest artist in the world, but an evil spell had been cast on him. He could never leave the tree where he was imprisoned. I stayed with him for 3 months and he taught me my style as an artist. One day he told me he would explain his secret to me, and the reason why he was imprisoned. First he told me to get his favorite tea from the nearby town. When I returned the tree was gone. I never saw him again."