Much of my mixed media work connects to a PLACE and the specificity and universality of that encounter. The colors, smells, textures and spirit of places continually inspire me, whether it be the ruins in Agrigento, the design and aesthetic of Japan, the vibrancy and confusion of India, the natural beauty of Alaska, the tension of the Middle East, the over-stimulation of Cuba, or the light in Botswana. I often use my photography as a layering tool and artifact for inspiration in my paintings and collage.