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“The painter works with light, but the shadows give the light its character. Most painters begin with the dark colors, and layer on the lights. But I prefer to work in the opposite direction. When I begin, the canvas is white—the color of pure light. Each stroke of the brush is, in a manner of speaking, a shadow. I make my art by taking away light. When I say that I work with light, therefore, I really ought to say that I work against light.” She gave him one of her enigmatic smiles. “I am an angel of darkness.”