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I like to touch things, to feel their textures in my hands, to connect with things on a tactile level. This has led me on an artistic journey through fabric, clay, and mixed media. The search for connections began early in my life. My parents came from different religious backgrounds, there was a blending of traditions, and after their divorce, exposure to a wide variety of beliefs as they searched for meaning. I read a lot about religion in those days - looking for similarities amongst the differences, searching for common experiences among people. Three main themes continually emerged - sacred geometry and the repetition that runs through all living things, man's relationship with nature, and childhood memories and experiences. I have become a collector of these things. A collector of signs and symbols that merge and flow across cultures; a collector of wonder and peace found in the woods; a collector of the sounds of bees and birds and wind and water; a collector of memories and mythologies that make up the stories of people's lives. As these work their way into my paintings, I hope to evoke the senses and spark some remnant of memory in the viewer - whether it is the quiet of their favorite hiking spot, the energy they feel upon waking, or a glimpse back through their childhood eyes.