In my studio I have many quotes to help keep me attentive, creative and emotionally human. One quote reads: What must be present are: Burning passion, unadulterated enthusiasm, perseverance, longing for a beautiful future. To me, these all touch important domains necessary for an artist and a human being. I consider myself a Symbolic Abstractionist, incorporating meaningful symbols into fields of abstraction and pattern. For over 25 years, I have been deeply immersed in the almost unearthly beauty of Indian miniatures. My work weaves meaning, symbol, color and purposeful design into my need to offer beauty in the everyday. Authenticity has always been of utmost importance, not only in my intentions but in the materials I use. Therefore, I work with 23 carat gold leaf, handmade papers, metallic candy wrappers, Indian wood blocks, decorative papers, collage and a variety of paints that give me a matte look and feel.